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You know, I used to come to the beach to get away from things. 
Just the relaxing of the waves pounding the shore. But now even 
the ocean is a reminder that man may be running out of time. 
Scientists tell us today that we are approaching a time when the 
ocean may not be able to sustain life ay 'more. 

The Secretary General of the UN fecently told us that man 
has perhaps ten years to solve the problem of survival. He pointed 
out the three great crises which are unique to this generation — 
the problem of nuclear weapons, the problem of over-population, 
the population explosion, the problem of pollution of our air and 
water. And he said that if we don't solve these problems in this 
decade, we are approaching the time when they will be beyond 
our capacity to control. Many are, for ibis reason, trying to 
find a way of predicting the future. Computer programs are 
being set up to try to project which might be the future of man. 
Many are even turning to astrology and witchcraft, 

1 believe this generation is overlooking the most authentic 
voice of all, and that's the voice of the Hebrew prophets. They 
predicted that as man neared the end of history as we know 
it that there would be a precise pattern of events which would 
loom up in history. Nations would fit into a certain power pat- 
tern. And all of this would be around the most important sign 
of all — that is the Jew returning to the land of Israel after 
thousands of years of being dispersed. The Jew is the most 
important sign to this generation. 

—Hal Lindsey in the documentary film “The Return, 1 ’ Evan- 
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The Late Great Planet Earth 
© 1970 by Zondervan Publishing House 
Grand Rapids, Michigan 

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Eighty-first priming November 1 9K0 
LSBN 0-210- 27 77 1 - X 

Unless otherwise indicated, the Scriptures quoted are taken 
from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. 

Printed in the United States of America 

















Future Tense 11 

When Is a Prophet a Prophet ? 19 

Do We Really Live and Learn? 27 

Israel , O Israel 42 

Russia Is a Gog 59 

Sheik to Sheik 72 

The Yellow Peril 81 

Rome on the Revival Road 88 

The Future Fuehrer 98 

Revival of Mystery Babylon 114 

The Ultimate Trip 135 

World War III 146 

The Main Event 169 

Polishing the Crystal Ball 180 


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This is a book about prophecy — Bible prophecy. If you 
have no interest in the future, this isn’t for you. If you have 
no curiosity about a subject that some consider controver- 
sial, you might as well stop now. 

For the past thirteen years I have been giving messages on 
Bible prophecy throughout the United States, Canada and 
Mexico. The interest in this aspect of Bible study has been 
amazing, particularly in the past few years. People who are 
confronted with the state of the world today are eager to 
learn what the Best Seller has to say about the future. As 
a traveling speaker for Campus Crusade for Christ I had 
the opportunity to give messages on prophecy to thousands 
of people. These messages have consistently proven to be 
popular with every age group. 

This is not a complex theological treatise, but a direct ac- 
count of the most thrilling, optimistic view of what the fu- 
ture could hold for any individual. I make no claim of 
knowing exactly when the world is going to end. In fact, 
I have never taken to the hills with my possessions and loved 
ones to await Doomsday. I believe in a hope for the future. 

We have been described as the “searching generation,” We 
need so many answers — answers to the larger problems of 
the world, answers to the conditions in our nation, and most 
of all, answers for ourselves. 

How do we know in what direction we should go? How 
can we separate truth from opinion? In whom can we trust? 

On one side we hear that the answer to our dilemma is 
education. Build bigger and better schools, hire more teach- 

ers, develop a smarter generation. Has the academic com- 
munity found the answers? There are many students who are 
dissatisfied with being told that the sole purpose of education 
is to develop inquiring minds. They want to find some of 
the answers to their questions — solid answers, a certain di- 

What do the politicians say? “We have the solutions to 
the problems. Elect us and we’ll prove it to you,” 

I am not downgrading the importance of electing honest, 
intelligent men to positions of leadership* This is important, 
terribly important, but are they able to provide the answers to 
the basic and visceral questions of man? 

Throughout history we have seen impressive strides taken 
by men w F ho were stepping ahead of their time. We have 
seen reforms advanced from ideas generated by men of vi- 
sion. And yet governments change, men falter and fall, 
great ideas are sometimes rejected by the shortsightedness of 
other men. Are we able to say that the answer is in the 
realm of political action? 

There are other places men search for answers: philos- 
ophy, meditation, changing environment, science. Please 
don’t misunderstand me, all of these are good if used prop- 
erly. However, if we are to be absolutely honest, if we are 
to use our intellectual integrity, let’s give God a chance to 
present His views. 

In this book I am attempting to step aside and let the 
prophets speak. If my readers care to listen, they are given 
the freedom to accept or reject the conclusions. 

Hat Lindsey 






We believe whatever we want fo believe. 




It was a perfect night for a party. In the warm California 
evening the lemon trees perfumed the patio and the flickering 
Tiki torches cast shadows over a lavish table. The aroma of 
steaks sizzling on the barbecue grill was tantalizing and we 
were wishing someone would give the signal to eat. 

To our dismay we discovered that no one else was outside. 
We were alone . . . with our appetites. 

Crushed in a tight circle in the overheated living room 
were most of the guests, waiting rather impatiently for the 
fortune teller to read their palms. One by one they would 
eagerly hold out their hands, knowing they would hear flat- 
teries, but hoping there would be some half-truth about 
themselves which would give them a mental uplift — an ego- 
builder to tell the boys at the office or the girls at the bridge 

And so it has been from the beginning of time. People 
have been obsessed with the desire to know what is going 
to happen in the future. 

From kings and rulers to servants and slaves, rich, poor, 
lowly and mighty people have called upon wizards, proph- 


ets, seers, magicians, the stars and the moon for powers and 
signs beyond the understanding of the human mind. 

Astrology originated in ancient Chaldea, in the region 
around the Persian Gulf. All the proud kings of Chaldea, 
and later Babylon, had staff astrologers to advise them con- 
cerning the future. 

The Greek father of historians, Herodotus, speaks of the 
incredible city of Babylon and mentions the enormous zig- 
gurat from which the astrologers tracked the stars. The 
ruins of several of these “observatories” called ziggurats 
have been uncovered in the area of ancient Babylon by twen- 
tieth-century archaeologists. Obviously astrologers were 
VIP’s in Babylon, 

The Pharaohs of Egypt imported the knowledge of astrol- 
ogy and magic from Babylon, Some scholars have said that 
the Pharaohs constructed certain parts of the pyramids to 
line up with the stars. 

The importance or position of a man has nothing to do 
with his superstitious concerns. Julius Caesar was the great- 
est of Roman leaders, and yet depended upon “augurs” for 
prophetic advice. An augur is a soothsayer or fortune- 
teller. In ancient Rome there was an official high-ranking 
government group, probably similar to our State Depart- 
ment, which was called the “Board of Augurs,” The great 
Roman orator, Cicero, was a member of this board. How- 
ever, it has been said that although Cicero took his duties 
seriously since he was a man of great loyalty' to his coun- 
try, he privately considered some of the augurs’ prophecies 
to be absurd, 

Caesar depended upon “signs in the sky” to conduct affairs 
of state and rule the mighty Roman empire. As the leader of 
the people, he set the example for his fellow Romans to be- 
come obsessed with horoscopes. 

Many strange customs have been followed in determining 
the course of people and nations. Decisions of marriage and 
journeys, wars and alliances, have sometimes been made be- 
cause special court seers read certain signs of omens from the 
entrails of a chicken! 


Starry Eyed 

Many people today are discovering astrology again. Pop- 
ping up on the newsstands are so many pamphlets and books 
about the stars that one would almost think it was a new 
phenomenon. The hippy musical, Hair, has its own staff as- 
trologer to advise the cast on personal matters and make 
sure the circumstances are right for business. One of the 
most popular songs of the moment is “Aquarius.” 

Astrology is having the greatest boom in its history. All 
you have to do is look in almost any newspaper to find out 
from one of the syndicated stargazers what your forecast is 
for the day. Columns on the subject now run in 1,220 of 
the 1,750 dailies in the United States. 1 

Writers have taken astrology and applied it to almost ev- 
erything one can imagine. There is Astrology Made Practi- 
cal, Astrology Made Easy, Astrology for Everyday Living, 
Astrology Guide to Health and Diet, and even Astrology 
Guide to Your Sex Life. 

A few years ago Bing Crosby starred in a movie in which 
one of his songs contained the words, “Have you heard . . . 
it’s in the stars . . .?” There was something prophetic about 
that song! 

Astrologers frequently guard their trade by predicting in 
generalities. However, sometimes they venture beyond va- 
garies and are explicit in attempting to foretell exact hap- 
penings. The result may be acute embarrassment for the 

For instance, in a national publication of 1968 an ar- 
ticle was featured that quoted a “renowned astrologer” in 
her predictions about the upcoming elections in November of 
that year. By reading the stars this astrologer said that 
Rockefeller would be the next president of the United States, 
and either Ronald Reagan or John Lindsey would be vice- 
president. As for Hubert Humphrey, she stated, ‘Tve studied 
his chart very carefully and do not believe he will be con- 
sidered as a serious contender even for the second slot on 
the Democratic ticket.” 2 


These political gentlemen may or may not have been dis- 
appointed by the outcome of the elections of 1968, but the 
astrologer was probably a bit chagrined. 

On Prophecy 

Two hundred years ago a distinguished English statesman, 
Horace Walpole, said, “The wisest prophets make sure of 
the event first.” 

Many people would probably dispute that statement and 
draw attention to some of our famous contemporary proph- 
ets. There was Edgar Cayce, for instance, who was called 
America’s “sleeping clairvoyant.” Cayce spoke of future 
events while in a self-imposed hypnotic trance. He gave per- 
sonal readings to guide the vocations and health and personal 
relationships of hundreds of persons. However, he went be- 
yond individuals and prophesied the reversal in Japan’s atti- 
tude of friendship for the U.S. before World War II, certain 
battles which would take place during that war, and the in- 
crease in racial tension in America. 

However, Cayce’s special contribution to the realm of psy- 
chic phenomena extended beyond mere prophecy. He ad- 
vised others on how to develop this psychic ability, how to 
interpret dreams, where to find peace, and many other sub- 
jects. His telepathic statements, made during this hypnotic 
sleep-state, have been indexed, catalogued, and preserved 
by a special research society in Virginia. Although he has 
been dead for more than twenty years, when we called the 
local library to locate some of his books we were told that 
they were all checked out and we would have to be put on a 
waiting list. 

What about the popularity of Jeane Dixon? Her books 
and articles have become national best-sellers. She has fas- 
cinated and astounded heads of nations with her uncanny 
skills of perception. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt consulted Mrs. Dixon. 
At the height of his concern over the world crises, and 
plagued by his own ill health, he sought her advice. In the 


company of other national leaders of the past, Roosevelt 
sought to find out what the future would be from someone 
who possessed special uncanny ability to prophesy. 

Jeane Dixon told President Roosevelt that eventually the 
U.S. would be allied with Russia against Red China. How- 
ever, she warned FDR not to give Russia anything that wasn't 
ours to give. The president, however, evidently did not heed 
this advice, for it was not long afterward that the Yalta con- 
ference was held and FDR concluded a secret agreement 
with Russia to give the USSR certain territory which has 
remained under her domination ever since. 

Mrs. Dixon has made some predictions which have had 
striking fulfillments. She sent word, it is reported, to the 
late President Kennedy prior to his trip to Dallas, warning 
him that he would be killed there. She also predicted sev- 
eral years ago that we would have a Republican president 
elected in 1968. 

By her own admission, however, Mrs. Dixon says she is 
not infallible. For instance, she predicted that Red China 
would plunge the world into war over Quemoy and Matsu in 
October of 1958. (If you can’t remember that far back, this 
did not happen.) She thought Walter Reuther would ac- 
tively seek the presidency in 1964. (He didn’t.) 

High Spirits 

Spiritualism and mysticism are weaving their spells among 
all age groups. We saw a handsomely illustrated magazine 
recently that featured “Prophecy, ESP news, psychic experi- 
ences, and spiritual healing.” Provocative advertising in- 
cluded “Communications from the Sun World,” and a new 
book which reveals “how they live in another dimension that 
is only an instant away from rapport with Earth.” 

It is a mystic time. Famous movie stars and wealthy so- 
cialites are traveling to the countries of the Far East to con- 
sult with “holy men." The influence of spiritualism in our 
popular songs, jewelry, and even clothing, is obvious. We 
received an invitation recently from an Indian spiritualist 


who says she “advises on all affairs of life.” She also has a 
guarantee (money back?) to remove evil influences and bad 
luck from anyone who consults her. 

The spirits are running in religious circles, also. A famous 
bishop, now deceased, stimulated interest in psychic phenom- 
ena by his communications with his dead son. 

In churches and on college campuses mediums are receiv- 
ing speaking invitations. The writer of a religious column 
in a Los Angeles paper recently reported, “Suffering from 
religious persecution and occasions of fakery in the ranks 
since its beginnings in the mid-1800s, the spiritualist move- 
ment in America is gaining new confidence today.” 3 

In the field of higher education there are more than forty 
colleges which now conduct psychic research under the title 
of parapsychology. The interest in these subjects is growing 
in proportion to the increase in astrology and prophecy. 

C’est la Vie 

“The future” is big business. Frenchmen, for instance, 
spend more than a billion dollars a year on clairvoyants, 
gypsies, faith healers, seers and prophets. In Paris there is 
“one charlatan for every 120 Parisians, compared with one 
doctor for every 514 citizens and one priest for every 5,000.” 4 

If you want to hear what the future has in store for you, 
perhaps you should see your travel agent for the fastest way 
to France. But try to avoid the need for a doctor or a priest 
— their services are rather scarce. 


We were on the campus of a large university talking with 
some students in the comfortable lounge of one of the dormi- 
tories when we noticed a very attractive girl hesitate in the 
doorway. She stood for a few moments, her eyes glancing 
vacantly around the room, and then darted out as if she 
were being chased by demons. “What on earth do you think 
was wrong with her?” I asked my companions. 

“Probably her vibrations were wrong,” answered one 


young man, “She might have thought there was someone or 
something in here that was a threat. Who knows?” 

Vibrations, spirits, stars, prophets — what an absorbing 
interest we have today in the unknown; the unseen and the 

In our imaginations we long to step out of our humdrum 
existence and into worlds beyond. Take science fiction as an 
example. It fascinates us. We read books from the serious 
to the comic about men with miraculous powers of vision or 
perception. We sit with fascination before our television sets 
as we are transported out of the present and into the tomor- 

Tell It Like It Will Be 

In talking with thousands of persons, particularly college 
students, from every background and religious or irreligious 
upbringing, this writer found that most people want reassur- 
ance about the future. For many of them their hopes, am- 
bitions, and plans are permeated with the subconscious fear 
that perhaps there will be no future at ail for mankind. 

This is a natural and prevalent attitude. Looking at the 
world today, it seems to be on a collision course. As the 
headline expressed it in a recent news magazine — “The 
World in a Mess.” 

People are searching for answers to basic questions. It is 
like the two young men who went into a book store and 
asked for “a book on the philosophy of truth.” The clerk 
was flustered and very apologetic. She didn’t want to dis- 
courage them, but she said they were asking for the impossi- 

I wish I had been in that book store. It would have been 
so simple to walk over to a rather prominent display and pull 
out the Book that generations of readers have believed con- 
tains the “philosophy of truth," It not only contains truth, 
but also the great themes of peace, love, and hope, which 
are the desires of this and every other generation. 

However, compared to the speculation of most that is 
called prophetic today, the Bible contains clear and unmis- 


takable prophetic signs. We are able to see right now in this 
Best Seller predictions made centuries ago being fulfilled be- 
fore our eyes. 

The Bible makes fantastic claims; but these claims are no 
more startling than those of present day astrologers, prophets 
and seers. Furthermore, the claims of the Bible have a 
greater basis in historical evidence and fact. Bible prophecy 
can become a sure foundation upon which your faith can 
grow and there is no need to shelve your intellect while 

finding this faith. , , , 

We believe there is a hope for the future, m spite of the 
way the world looks today. We believe that a person can be 
given a secure and yet exciting view of his destiny by making 
an honest investigation of the tested truths of Bible prophecy. 


Men's curiosity searches past and future. , , . 

t, s, ELIOT 


What would you think of prophets today who would be will- 
ing to stake their lives on the absolute truth of their claims? 
They could not allow themselves errors in judgment or mis- 
takes in the smallest detail. 

There were such prophets* They were daring men, sure 
of the source of their faith and strong in their belief. There 
is a book which boldly documents the statements of these 

They are known as the prophets of Israel and their writings 
have been miraculously preserved in the Bible. 

Passing the Test 

Are we able to trust these old prophets? What were their 
credentials? In a book of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy, 
Moses predicted that there would be many prophets who 
would come to the Jewish people, culminating in the final and 
greatest of all prophets, the Messiah. 

Moses anticipated a problem. How would people know 
whether a prophet who claimed to speak God's message was 


a true prophet? A question was asked of Moses which is still 
being asked today. “How may we know the word which the 
Lord has not spoken?” (Deuteronomy 18:21). 

And Moses gave the answer — the true test of a prophet: 
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the 
word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word 
which the Lord has not spoken” (Deuteronomy 18:22). 

Failure to pass the test of a true prophet was a bit severe. 
The only grade allowed was one of 100 percent accuracy. 
Anything less would doom the prophet to death by stoning, 
which was the method of capital punishment in those days 
{ Deuteronomy 13:1-11). 

A Greek proverb says that the best guesser is the best 
prophet. If the prophets of Israel had been simply "guessers,’ 
they would have had to take the cruel consequences — a 
slow and torturous death inflicted by flying stones. 

The prophets of Israel also pointed out to their people 
causes of current problems. This is never very popular; true 
prophets would not be likely to win the “Most Beloved Citi- 
zen” award in their home town. 

They not only made short-range predictions which would 
be fulfilled during their lifetimes, but also projected long- 
range predictions about events far in the future. Often they 
didn't understand the significance of their own prophecies (I 
Peter 1:10-12). However, many of these prophecies are pre- 
dictions of exact historical happenings which will lead to the 
end of history as we know it. 

The astonishing thing to those of us who have studied 
the prophetic Scriptures is that we are watching the fulfill- 
ment of these prophecies in our time. Some of the future 
events that were predicted hundreds of years ago read like 
today’s newspaper. 

Let’s examine some selected Bible prophecies and apply 
the test of truth to them. 

Accurate Short-range Prophecy 

Jeremiah, a prophet of Israel, was not vague in his prophe- 
cies. He told his people that Judah, the southern kingdom 


of Israel, would be invaded and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, 
the King of Babylon. It was not a very cheerful prophecy, 
and Jeremiah probably didn't receive a standing ovation. 

He said that King Nebuchadnezzar would destroy the land, 
that it would be desolate (Jeremiah 25:9). Jeremiah was not 
the type to soft pedal; he prophesied that the capital city, 
Jerusalem, would be destroyed and that its people would 
lose their capacity to laugh. 

After he presented this miserable picture, Jeremiah foretold 
that any Jewish survivors would be carried off to Babylon as 
slaves. To compound the complexity of these predictions, 
he said that the Israelites would be Babylonian slaves for 
precisely seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11). 

At this point Jeremiah would probably have won a contest 
for “The Man Least Likely to Succeed” in Israel. In fact, he 
made Pashur, one of the religious leaders of the time, so fur- 
ious that Pashur beat him and put him in stocks (Jeremiah 
20 : 2 ). 

Archaeology and ancient history confirm the fulfillment of 
Jeremiah’s prophecy. Jerusalem was destroyed, Judah was 
laid waste, and her people were taken captive in Babylon for 
seventy years. 

Why did the Jewish people preserve the messages of Jere- 
miah? These messages which foretold of their defeat and 
captivity were an indictment against them. It was because 
Jeremiah passed the test of a prophet which was established 
by Moses. As despised as Jeremiah was by his contemporaries, 
they did not dare destroy what they believed were God’s 

Jeremiah was such a bearer of sad tidings that even today 
we speak of complaints as “jeremiads.” 

An Arrow in the Armor 

One of the lesser-known men of God who achieved a 
straight “A” in prophetic marksmanship was Micaiah. How- 
ever, this was not a time when such perfection was awarded 
with a gold pin and guard, or a seal on Micaiah’s diploma. 


On the contrary, he was thrown into prison and fed bread 
and water. What did he do to deserve such treatment? 

Micaiah lived at a time when a good king, Jehoshaphat, 
was reigning in the southern kingdom of Judah, In the north- 
ern kingdom of Israel ruled Ahab, a wicked king. 

For some reason Jehoshaphat visited Ahab, who immedi- 
ately tried to persuade him to join forces against a trouble- 
some Syrian enemy from an area called Ramoth-Gilead. 

Ahab gathered his own special prophets together — we 
might call them members of his Inner Security Council — 
and asked them whether he should go to battle against Ra- 
moth-gilead or not. The 400 prophets were so soothing to 
Ahab that they should be called the “soothsayers” of his 
kingdom. They all agreed, without dissenting opinions, that 
Ahab should go into battle and that God would bring him 
through triumphantly. 

But Jehoshaphat was not satisfied with the advice of these 
“prophets” in spite of their unanimous agreement. He said, 
“Is there not here another prophet of the Lord (Israel’s God) 
of whom we may inquire?” (I Kings 22:7). 

We can imagine how petulant Ahab must have been when 
he replied. “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire 
of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for 
he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil” (I Kings 
22 : 8 ). 

Jehoshaphat insisted that Micaiah be consulted, so an of- 
ficer was sent to bring him in. When the officer found him 
he tried to persuade the prophet to be a good fellow and go 
along with Ahab's “Inner Security Council” and tell the king 
what he wanted to hear. But Micaiah replied, “As the 
Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak (I 
Kings 22:14). 

He realized as he said this that he was putting his life on 
the line. 

When Micaiah was brought before the two kings, Ahab 
asked him if they should attack Ramoth-gilead. Micaiah an- 
swered in what must have been a tongue-in-cheek manner, 


“Sure, go on and win ... the Lord will give it into your 

Ahab knew he was being ridiculed and commanded the 
prophet to say what was really on his mind. In answering, 
Micaiah showed the boldness that characterized a true proph- 
et. First, he labeled all of the 400 “court prophets” as liars. 
Then he predicted that Ahab would be killed in the battle 
and that the Israeli army would be routed. 

The chief of the false prophets — Ahab’s “Chairman of 
the Security Council” — walked up and slugged Micaiah, 
probably with the same premonition of fear that made Pash- 
ur, the Israeli religious leader, take a whack at Jeremiah. 

So Micaiah went to jail and Ahab went to battle. But first 
Micaiah challenged all the people to witness his grade on the 
test of a prophet. He said, “If you (meaning Ahab) return 
in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me” (I Kings 22:28). 

Ahab wasn’t going to take any chances with this pessi- 
mistic prophet, Micaiah, so he disguised himself during the 
big battle. But one of the enemy archers shot an arrow la- 
beled “to whom it may concern” and in the most amazing 
and coincidental manner it struck Ahab in one small exposed 
place in his armor and killed him. 

Micaiah passed the test of a true prophet. Ahab and all 
of his “yes men” flunked. 

What Do You Say, Isaiah? 

One of the most astounding prophets of all time was Isaiah, 
the son of Amoz. His brilliant, eloquent, even poetical pre- 
dictions were made over a sixty-year span (740-680 B.c.) 
during the reign of four successive Judaean kings. 

Isaiah proved himself a prophet by Moses’ test many times. 
One striking incident was during the reign of King Hezekiah. 
In about 710 B.c. a mighty Assyrian army, numbering in 
the thousands and commanded by the vicious King Sennach- 
erib besieged Jerusalem (Isaiah 36:1, 2). 

(If you stumble over some of these unpronounceable an- 
cient names, glance at your daily newspaper and notice the 
tongue twisters assigned to people today.) 


Sennacherib was a crafty fellow. He sent his eloquent 
“mouthpiece/* a fellow named Rabshakeh, to the people of 
Jerusalem with a powerful propaganda speech. Rabshakeh, 
an ancient “Minister of Misinformation/ 1 told the people of 
all the defeats suffered by neighboring countries. This was 
brainwashing in the craftiest sense. The techniques used were 
intended to induce the besieged citizens of Jerusalem to sur- 
render without a fight. 

When King Hezekiah heard how his people were being in- 
timidated, he sent a delegation to Isaiah to plead with him to 
pray to Jehovah, the God of Israel. Isaiah then made some 
short-range predictions. He said that a rumor would reach 
King Sennacherib of internal trouble in his kingdom and 
that he would return without attacking Jerusalem. Further- 
more, he said that Sennacherib would be assassinated in his 
own land. 

It happened just as Isaiah predicted. Jerusalem was spared 
a certain defeat and King Sennacherib was killed by his own 
sons (Isaiah 37:36-38). 

Isaiah Predicts One Hundred Years in the Future 

Isaiah also predicted that Babylon would completely de- 
stroy Judah and carry away all the treasures of Israel. He 
foretold that the surviving sons of the royal family would be 
eunuchs in the palace of Babylon. This occurred just a lit- 
tle over one hundred years later (Isaiah 39:5-7). 

One Hundred and Fifty Years in the Future 

Isaiah gave an incredible prediction when he foretold that 
the mighty invincible Babylonians would be conquered and 
so completely destroyed by the Medes that Babylon would 
never be inhabited again (Isaiah 13:17-22). 

This was an astonishing prediction at that time since the 
city of Babylon became one of the seven wonders of the an- 
cient world and was considered impregnable. Yet approxi- 


mately 150 years after Isaiah’s prediction the Medes and Per- 
sians besieged the towering walls of Babylon. This was no 
small feat. Those walls were 150 feet high and so thick that 
five chariots could run abreast around the top. 

The Medes and Persians were cunning. They dammed the 
Euphrates River which ran under the Babylonian wall and 
through the city, While Babylon was celebrating at a drunken 
royal ball, the Median army marched along the dry river bed 
under the wall and conquered the city. This was the very 
night that “the handwriting on the wall” appeared to the ar- 
rogant Babylonian king. It read, “Mene, mene, tekel, 
upharsin.” Daniel, the prophet, deciphered it to the drunken 
mob as follows: “Your kingdom has been weighed in the 
balance and found wanting. It is divided and given to the 
Medes and Persians.” That night the Babylonian kingdom 
fed (Daniel 5:1-31). 

Two Hundred Years in the Future 

Isaiah predicted that a certain king named Cyrus would 
see that Jerusalem and the Temple were rebuilt by allowing 
those who wished to do this work to return to the land of 
their ancestors (Isaiah 44:28 — 45:4). 

Almost 200 years after this prediction a certain Persian 
king also named Cyrus, granted royal favor to the Jewish 
captives left over from Babylon and sent them to Jerusalem 
with a requisition for materials to rebuild the city (Ezra 1 : 
1 - 11 ). 

The Prophet Preserved 

Many so-called Biblical scholars today try to “late date” 
such predictions as Isaiah’s to make his prophecies seem to 
be after the fact. To do this not only violates the consistent 
witness of the history of those times, but also makes the Jew- 
ish people religious charlatans and deceivers. The Jews 
would have had no reason to keep for posterity those writings 
of the prophets if they were a fraud. 

The Israeli prophets were not popular, as we have shown. 


In the times of Jeremiah, Micaiah, Isaiah, and the others, 
the odds were against anything they wrote or said being ac- 
cepted. Yet they were preserved above all the other writings 
of their day. 

What made these prophets so special? The answer lies 
in the test of a true prophet which Moses gave — their proph- 
ecies must all come true. They could not be ignored. We 
cannot ignore them. They passed the test — summa cum 


History teaches us that man /earns nothing from history, 



It's ironic that man never seems to learn from past mistakes, 
especially when they relate to major catastrophes. World 
War I was called the war to end all wars, yet within a gener- 
ation World War II was fought in basically the same arena. 
We are now running around the world desperately seeking to 
put out fuses which could explode into what might be the 
last war on earth. 

Through the grim pages of history we see the record of 
man’s constant struggle to live with his fellow man. Families 
fight against families, tribes against tribes, and nations against 
nations. Most people hate w f ar, and yet since recorded time 
the world has seldom seen peace. 

General Douglas MacArthur said, “Men since the begin- 
ning of time have sought peace , , . military alliances, bal- 
ances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving 
the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter 
destructiveness of war now blots out this alternative .” 1 

Mankind has not learned the futility of war from history. 
However, as tragic as this is, there is another lesson, even 


more tragic, which has not been heeded. This involves a 
people whose most cherished hope had been the coming of 
their great Deliverer, called the Messiah. 

Tire central theme of the Jewish prophets was that “the 
Messiah*’ would come and fulfill the promises given to their 
forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In these promises 
Israel is to be the leading nation of the world under the reign 
of the Messiah who would bring universal peace, prosperity, 
and harmony among all peoples of the earth. 

The paradox is that there has come a Jew who claimed 
to be the Messiah. He fulfilled many of the ancient predic- 
tions, but was rejected by those who should have recognized 
Him first. The question is this: If He was truly the long- 
awaited Messiah, as millions have believed, why didn’t the 
majority of the religious leaders of His day believe His claims? 
These religious leaders, after all, knew r the Messianic pre- 
dictions. Ignorance was not their excuse. The reasons they 
didn’t believe Him are fascinating and extremely relevant to 
this hour of history in which we live. 

Two Portraits 

Two completely different portraits of a coming Messiah were 
described by the Old Testament prophets. The portraits, 
painted by the sure hand of God, were placed on the same 
canvas, framed in one picture. 

For those who lived prior to the birth of Jesus of Naza- 
reth, the perspective of these two portraits of the Messiah 
was difficult to understand. 

Imagine a man looking at a range of mountains. He is able 
to see the peak of one mountain, and beyond it the peak of 
another. However, from this vantage point, he cannot see the 
valley which separates these two mountains. 

Men viewed the two portraits of the Messiah in the same 
manner. They saw two different persons, but missed the con- 
nection. They did not perceive that there could be just one 
Messiah, coming in two different roles, and separated by the 
valley of time. 


One portrait of the Messiah depicts Him as a humble ser- 
vant who would suffer for others and be rejected by His own 
countrymen. This portrait we may call “the Suffering Mes- 
siah/’ (Look into the prophecies of Isaiah 53 for the per- 
fect picture of this Messiah.) 

The other portrait shows the Messiah as a conquering king 
with unlimited power, who comes suddenly to earth at the 
height of a global war and saves men from self-destruction. 
He places the Israelites who believe in Him as the spiritual 
and secular leaders of the world and brings in an age free 
of prejudice and injustice. It’s easy to see why this would 
be the most popular portrait. 

We may call this second picture “the Reigning Messiah.” 
We find this description in such prophecies as Zechariah 14 
and Isaiah 9:6, 7. 

These two portraits of the Messiah presented such a para- 
dox that the rabbis at least a century before Jesus of Nazareth 
was born theorized that there would be two messiahs. They 
could not see how both portraits could be true of the same 
person. Their misunderstanding led them to believe that 
the suffering one would deliver the people from their sins by 
bearing the penalty of death for them. He would be primar- 
ily a “Spiritual Deliverer.” The reigning king would con- 
quer Israel’s enemies and bring world peace. He would be 
primarily a “Political Deliverer.” 

The Big Question 

Why did the majority of the Jewish people, who knew the 
teachings of their prophets, reject Jesus of Nazareth as their 
Messiah when He came? Why did they ignore the portraits of 
the suffering Messiah? Jesus Him self pointed out to them Old 
Testament predictions concerning His life and ministry which 
were being fulfilled in His life. 

First of all, the Jews didn’t take their prophets literally 
as far as this suffering Messiah was concerned. They took 
very literally the portrait of the Messiah who would come as 
the reigning King. However, they had degenerated in their 


own religious convictions to the point where they didn’t be- 
lieve they were sinful. They believed they were keeping the 
law of Moses; therefore, they saw no need for a suffering 
Messiah to deliver them from their sins. 

The Jewish religious leaders had built up a tradition of in- 
terpretation which made keeping God’s laws merely an exter- 
nal thing (Mark 7:1-15). Jesus, however, pointed out the 
true meaning of God’s law in the Sermon on the Mount. He 
showed that murder was not just refraining from actually 
killing someone, but that it was being angry with your neigh- 
bor without just cause (Matthew 5:21, 22), He also pointed 
out that adultery in God’s sight was merely looking at a 
woman with lust (Matthew 5:27-32). 

He expounded the real meaning of “love your neighbor as 
yourself” as applying to your enemies as well (Matthew 5: 

With each commandment Jesus emphasized the false inter- 
pretation of the religious leaders and contrasted it with the 
true meaning which God had always intended. He showed 
that God looks upon the heart and not just upon the out- 
ward performance of man. 

I am sure that if you took the previous paragraph seriously 
you may feel a little uncomfortable right now. You may be 
saying to yourself what I said some years ago when the true 
meaning of the Ten Commandments was first pointed out to 
me. “Who in the world can be accepted by God if he is 
going to have to keep the law in his thoughts and motives?” 

If this is what you are thinking, congratulations! You 
have just discovered the whole purpose for the law of Moses. 
The commandments were never intended to be used to work 
our way to God. The commandments were primarily given 
to show us how perfect we would have to be in order to 
earn acceptance with God by our own good deeds. This is 
why God says to us, “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet 
stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 
2:10 NASB). 

It is easy to see in the light of this why the Bible says, 

, . by the works of the Law no flesh (man) will be jus- 
tified in His (God’s) sight” (Romans 3:20 NASB). 

The law was given to show mankind why it needed a “suf- 
fering Messiah” who alone could make man acceptable to 
God. Any person who hasn’t come to see that his most ba- 
sic problem is an inner spiritual one prefers a political deliv- 
erer to a spiritual one. It is not difficult, therefore, to under- 
stand the basic attitude which rationalized away the prophetic 
portrait of the suffering Messiah. 

Jesus presented His credentials as the suffering Messiah, but 
many rejected Him because they were looking for a great 
conqueror. They were looking for that political leader who 
would deliver them from the Roman oppression. In their 
blindness they discounted more than 300 specific predictions 
in their own sacred writings about this Messiah. 

The second reason why the Jewish people rejected the 
Messiah was one of indifference — an indifference to their 
spiritual need. They couldn’t be bothered. They were too 
busy. They had a chariot race or a party to attend. Caught 
in the treadmill of daily existence, the deeper needs of the 
inner self weren’t important. 

In addition, they didn’t bother to do any investigation for 
themselves. Many knew there was something unusual about 
this carpenter from Nazareth, but their religious leaders re- 
jected Him and they took their opinions instead of searching 
for the truth themselves. 

It was because people will not do their own research that 
Jesus made an astounding statement on the signs of the times. 
He showed simply and clearly how prophecies were being 
fulfilled by His life. And yet, to the sorrow of many, He was 

Signs of the Times 

The religious leaders of His day were the number one 
skeptics. They came to Jesus and asked Him to show them a 
sign from heaven. They wanted some sensational miracle 
which would give them proof that Jesus was their promised 
Messiah. They wanted Him to suddenly step out of the sky as 


the conquering Messiah (as He is revealed in Zechariah 14) 
and take over all the kingdoms of the world and defeat the 
Roman empire, 

Jesus had already given them important signs to prove who 
He was. He had healed many persons and had raised at least 
one from the dead. But they didn’t consider this sufficient ev- 
idence to prove His claim of being the Messiah, 

Jesus answered these religious leaders by saying: “When it 
is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is 
red/ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the 
sky is red and threatening/ You know how to interpret the 
appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of 
the times*’ (Matthew 16:2, 3). 

The signs of the times. It is important to see what Jesus 
was driving at. People in Palestine, even today, indulge in 
being amateur weather forecasters. Weather conditions are 
such that the particular signs given here are fair indications 
of what the weather will be, 

Jesus said that the signs leading up to His coming were 
just as clear as the face of the sky. Let’s examine these signs, 
these credentials. Let’s look at specific predictions of how 
this man Jesus would come to fulfill the role of the Messiah, 
of how' He would fit into the first portrait of the suffering 

The first theme of predictions relates to the circumstances 
of His birth. These were His credentials. 

Birth Credentials: His Family 

God revealed to Abraham, the father of all Jews, that he 
would have a direct descendant who would be a blessing to 
all the peoples of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3), 

Furthermore* God revealed to Jacob, who was one of the 
descendants of Abraham, that the Messiah would come 
through one specific tribal state — the tribal state of Judah. 
The Jews established states in the land of Palestine after they 
took it over, and they were divided according to twelve 
families. These families originated from the twelve sons of 
Jacob ( Genesis 49:10), 


His family credentials were narrowed even more, from 
the tribe of Judah to the family of David. The prediction was 
given to David, the great king in the history of Israel, by the 
prophet, Nathan. 

Nathan said, “Thus says the Lord of hosts ... I will raise 
up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I 
will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me a house, and I 
will establish his throne for ever. I will be his father, and 
he shall be My Son . . .” (I Chronicles 17:11-13 Amplified). 

King David was promised at least two exciting things 
here. First, one of his direct descendants would reign for- 
ever. Secondly, this person would not only be one of his di- 
rect descendants, but in a mysterious way He would be 
uniquely the Son of God. 

Rabbinic tradition ascribed this to be a prediction of the 
Messiah. Consequently, one of the most common Messianic 
titles is “the Son of David.” 

Birth Credentials: The Place 

The prophet Mlcah lived seven hundred years before the 
birth of Christ. He was a contemporary of the great proph- 
et, Isaiah. It was revealed to Micah that the Messiah w r ould 
be bom in Bethlehem. 

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little 
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he 
come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings 
forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2 

This was a prophecy of the Messiah which was unmistak- 
able because it referred to His eternal pre-existence . . . 
“whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” 

This was no ordinary man, but a supernatural person who 
would invade history from Bethlehem. 

This prophecy is quoted in the New Testament in Matthew, 
in answer to Herod’s question to the Hebrew Theologians about 
where the Messiah would be born. They answered him: “In 
Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet” (Mat- 
thew 2:5). 


How remarkable it is that century after century the He- 
brew people handed down these detailed prophecies* They 
had to be revelations from God, otherwise they would not 
have been preserved in such a consistent manner. 

Birth Credentials: The General Time 

We have examined the prophecies concerning the family 
line of the Messiah and the place of His birth* Let's look at 
the time factor. 

The prophet Daniel, while in captivity in Babylon, was 
given a precise timetable and sequence relating to the future 
events of the people of Israel. Daniel was told that there 
would be a certain number of years which would transpire 
between the time a proclamation was given which allowed 
the Jewish people to return from their Babylonian captivity 
back to Israel and the coming of the Messiah. 

This proclamation can be established according to Scrip- 
tural history in Nehemiah 2:1-10. Also, archaeologists have 
uncovered evidence of this same proclamation in the ancient 
Persian archives* 

From the time permission was given to return and rebuild 
the city of Jerusalem and the Temple until the Messiah would 
come as the Prince, the heir-apparent to the throne of David, 
would be 483 years (69 weeks of years — 483 years). Sir 
Robert Anderson of Scotland Yard spent many years of his 
life verifying and validating the details of this prophecy. He 
wrote a comprehensive book of his study called. The Coming 
Prince . 

Not only w r as Daniel given specific years, but also a se- 
quence of major historical events which cannot be denied. 

First of all, there was the proclamation given to the Jews 
to return from captivity and rebuild the Temple, 

After that, the Messiah would come as the Prince. 

Then the Messiah would be “cut off,” which is an idiom 
for being killed* 

After the Messiah was killed an army would sweep in and 
destroy the city and the Temple which was rebuilt previously 
by the returned Babylonian exiles (Daniel 9). 


Daniel's prophecy shows that whoever the Messiah was 
He had to appear before the city and the Temple were de- 
stroyed in a.d. 70 by Titus of Rome. 

There was only one person who was taken seriously as 
the Messiah before a.d. 70. We have the logical candidate 
for that role in the carpenter from Nazareth. 

Credentials Relating to His Ministry 

We have considered a panorama of Jesus’ birth credentials 
to verify His claim as the Jewish Messiah. To pile proof upon 
proof, consider the prophecies relating to the deeds Jesus 
would do upon earth — prophecies about His own ministry. 

The prophet Isaiah presented a vivid description of the com- 
ing Messiah when he said: “Say to those who are of a fearful 
heart, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with 
vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and 
save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and 
the ears of the deaf unstopped: then shall the lame man leap 
like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For 
waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the 
desert" (Isaiah 35:4-6). 

Jesus knew the Old Testament prophets. He quoted this 
exact prophecy from Isaiah when John the Baptist seemed to 
have some doubts about Him. John was the herald who an- 
nounced the coming of Jesus as the Messiah, and yet even 
John could not reconcile the two portraits of the Messiah. 
When he was taken prisoner he sent some messengers to Je- 
sus to ask, “Are You the Coming One. or shall we look for 
someone else?” (Matthew 11:3 NASB). 

Jesus answered by quoting the predictions of the mira- 
cles He would perform, “Go and report to John the things 
which you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame 
walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead 
are raised up. and the poor have the gospel preached to them” 
(Matthew 11:4, 5 NASB). 

The fact that Jesus was performing these very miracles 
were His credentials to substantiate His claim that He was the 


Credentials Relating to His Rejection and Suffering 

Probably the most phenomenal predictions relating to the 
suffering Messiah’s portrait are the prophecies that show His 
rejection and suffering. One of the great passages on His re- 
jection is Isaiah 53. This is called the “bad conscience of the 
synagogues” because it is no longer read in the temples on 
holy days, as it once was. 

In Isaiah 52 there is a general look at this One who is 
called the servant of God. It is obvious here that the prophet 
is not talking about Israel, which in some passages is called 
the servant of God, but about one who would save Israel. “Be- 
hold, my servant, (Christ) shall prosper, he shall be exalted 
and lifted up, and shall be very high. As many were aston- 
ished at him — his appearance was so marred, beyond hu- 
man semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of 
men” (Isaiah 52: 13, 14). 

This was a reference to what happened at the trials of 
Jesus when He was repeatedly hit in the face, “So shall he 
startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of 
him; for that which has not been told them they shall see, 
and that which they have not heard they shall understand” 
(Isaiah 52:15). 

In this passage the prophet is saying that He would startle, 
or astound nations (meaning the non-Jews) and that they 
would see things they had never seen. The Gentiles, in other 
words, would begin to understand the w'ays of God. 

However. Isaiah speaks of His rejection by the Jews, which 
in itself was remarkable since Isaiah was a Jewish prophet 
who wrote at least 700 years before Christ was born. Isaiah 
predicted that liis people would reject the very one for whom 
they looked (Isaiah 53:1-3). 

Notice an interesting fact. The prophet writes of this event 
in the past tense, which was a common literary device of the 
Jewish writers . . , (“many were astonished ... his ap- 
pearance was so marred”). When they wished to emphasize 
the certainty of a prophecy they would put it in this tense, 
which is called the prophetic perfect tense in Hebrew. 


It was further prophesied here that the Jews would reject 
this Man because He didn’t have the royal splendor they de- 
sired. Isaiah said He would be “despised and rejected,” which 
is precisely what happened. 

In this part of the prediction the credentials of the Messiah 
as a person who would be a substitute for the iniquity, or 
wickedness, of man are presented: “Surely he has borne our 
griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, 
smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our 
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him 
was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes 
we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have 
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on 
him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6). 

Rabbis since the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth 
have reinterpreted this passage to say that the third person 
singular pronoun does not refer to a personal Messiah, but 
to the nation of Israel. However, the passage speaks of this 
person as bearing the consequences of the transgressions of 
Israel. Israel could not be a substitute for itself, since the pas- 
sage clearly states that the Lord hath laid on Him the in- 
iquity of us. 

Isaiah 53 continues to say that this person would not 
receive the true justice of the Jewish law. This, of course, 
was true during the trials of Jesus. They were astounded 
that He didn’t try to defend Himself . . . “He was oppressed 
. . . yet he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). 

Again there is a clear prediction that the Messiah would 
die for the transgressions of Isaiah’s people, as well, of course, 
as for the whole world. “. . . he was cut off (killed) out of 
the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my 
people” (Isaiah 53:8b). 

The details of prophecy relating to this portrait of the 
Messiah are exact. Isaiah says that He will die beside crim- 
inals. “And they made his grave with the wicked.” His grave 
would be with the rich: “And with a rich man in his death” 
(Isaiah 53:9). 

Did it happen? Of course. Jesus was crucified between 

two thieves. After His death one of the rich Pharisees, Jo- 
seph of Arimathaea, took pity on Him and buried Him in his 
own tomb. Joseph was the rich man predicted here. 

We can picture Isaiah, standing at Calvary, looking at the 
panoramic view that Jesus saw and experienced on the cross. 
However, Isaiah saw this 700 years before Jesus was born! 

To continue in this remarkable passage, Isaiah speaks of 
the fact that men could be declared righteous and acceptable 
to God because He bore their sins. In Biblical vernacular, 
this is the meaning of “justified.” 

Isaiah said that He “made intercession for the transgressors” 
(Isaiah 53:12). Most persons with only a slight exposure to 
Christian teaching will remember the words of Jesus from 
the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them: for they know 
not what they do.” 

Thirty Pieces of Silver 

Another Old Testament prophet was Zechariah, who wrote 
almost 500 years before Jesus lived. In his book he gave 
another specific and minute prediction which could only re- 
fer to one person. He wrote: “And I said unto them, If ye 
t hin k good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they 
weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord 
said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I 
was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, 
and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord” (Zech- 
ariah 11:12, 13 KJV). 

Notice the three specific trends in this passage. First, 
there would be a time when the people would estimate their 
own God’s worth at thirty pieces of silver. Then, these thirty 
pieces would be cast down in the house of the Lord, which 
is the Temple. Finally, the money would be given to the 
potter for the graves of the poor people. 

Do you suppose any present-day “prophets” would dare 
make such an exact prediction? 

It happened exactly as told, Matthew records this when 
he tells of Judas going to the chief priests who were plotting 
to murder Jesus and saying, “What will you give me if I de- 


liver Jesus to you?” And the priests decided they would give 
thirty pieces of silver for the betrayal (Matthew 26:14, 15), 

After Jesus was betrayed and Judas saw that Jesus was 
condemned to death, which was more severe than Judas had 
anticipated, he regretted what he had done. He went to the 
priests and tried to return the money, but the priests insulted 
him. Judas became infuriated. He threw the money down in 
the Temple (Matthew 27:3-5), (Prediction fulfilled.) 

The priests took the money and piously said it wasn't 
proper to return to the treasury the price of the betrayal, so 
they decided to give it to the potter to buy a potter's field 
(Matthew 27:6-10), (Trying to ease their consciences, no 

Notice one very important point. Jesus had no control 
over this prophecy. It had to be fulfilled without any inter- 
ference on His part. This fact explodes the major premise of 
a book which has gained some popularity, called The Passover 
Plot . While the writer of this book does a service by accept- 
ing the historical reality of Jesus, he claims that Jesus delib- 
erately plotted to fulfill the predictions of the Messiah given 
in the Old Testament. This theory could not be valid because 
there is no way to explain how many predictions, such as 
the one about the thirty pieces of silver, could be fulfilled 
when the circumstances were out of Jesus' hands* 

Predictions Relating to the Crucifixion 

Jesus told His disciples that there were predictions of His 
suffering in the Psalms (Luke 24:44-46), 

One of the clearest prophecies is found in Psalm 22, which 
was written by King David more than 1000 years before 
Christ. David describes events which could not have hap- 
pened to himself since they were beyond the scope of his own 

The Psalms were accepted as the word of God and David 
was speaking “in the Spirit,” as the ancient rabbinical schools 
recognized. The psalmist gives a detailed and precise predic- 
tion of a person being crucified. He speaks of the suffering of 


the Messiah as if he were on the cross with Him, feeling His 
pain, seeing the people and events around him. Speaking in 
the spirit of the Messiah, David says, “I am poured out like 
water” — he is speaking of the profuse perspiration of one 
hanging in the intense sun, “And all my bones are out of 
joint” — this is one of the most excruciating aspects of cru- 
cifixion. The ligaments stretch and the bones pop out of 

He tells of the intense thirst — “and my tongue cleaveth 
to my jaws,” Jesus said on the cross, “I thirst.” 

“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked 
have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I 
may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They 
part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my ves- 
ture” (Psalm 22:16-18 KJV), 

“Dog” was a common slang expression the Jews used for 
the Gentiles — Jesus was surrounded by Gentiles at the cruci- 
fixion. He was crucified in the nude; this passage speaks of 
the shame of it. At the foot of the cross the soldiers gambled 
(or cast lots) for His robe. 

As perfect as this passage is in its prophetic accuracy, it 
gains additional importance when we realize that crucifixion 
as a way of punishment w'as not known at the time David 
wrote this. The Jews of that time executed by stoning. It 
w-as not until about 200 b.c, when the Romans adopted this 
cruel practice that crucifixion was widely used — - 800 years 
after this prophecy. 

Guaranteed Accuracy 

If there is one thing that guarantees the historical accuracy 
of what the New Testament authors wrote it is the animosity 
of the Jewish people who crucified Jesus. The message of 
these prophecy fulfillments was spread by word of mouth all 
over the Palestinian area starting fifty days after these events 

If those who crucified Jesus could have disproved any of 
the historical realities of these events they w r ould have done 


so and destroyed the whole movement from the be ginnin g. 
But they didn’t bring up any refutation of the facts of ful- 
filled prophecy; instead they put to death the persons who 
were proclaiming these facts. 

That generation did not take seriously the credentials of 
the suffering Messiah. Jesus predicted the destruction of those 
who put Him on the cross. “For the days shall come upon 
you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, 
and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will 
level you to the ground and your children within you, and 
they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because 
you did not recognize the time of your visitation” (Luke 
19:43, 44 NASB). 

Was this prophecy fulfilled? As previously mentioned, Titus 
and the Roman legions swept down upon Jerusalem and de- 
stroyed it in a,d. 70. 

Will We Learn? 

Will we repeat history? Will we fail to take the prophets 
literally and seriously? Will we be indifferent? Will we al- 
low those who claim to be religious leaders to explain these 
things away and not investigate for ourselves? 

There are many more predictions about the reigning Mes- 
siah who is yet to come than there were about the suffering 
Messiah. Will we fail to weigh these prophecies for our- 
selves, in spite of what others may say? 

The remainder of this book will present the prophecies 
which are related to the specific pattern of world events 
which are precisely predicted as coming together shortly 
before the coming of the Messiah the second time — coming 
in power to rule the earth. 

Many of these predictions were in the same paragraphs 
as those relating to the first coming of the Messiah. Do we 
dare allegorize away the meaning of these? 

Will these predictions be fulfilled just as certainly and 
graphically as those of the first coming? 

This writer says positively, “Yes.” 


There are few countries which hove played so central 
a rote in world history as the Land of Israel . 




Some time in the future there will be a seven-year period 
climaxed by the visible return of Jesus Christ. 

Most prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled concern 
events which will develop shortly before the beginning of 
and during this seven-year countdown. 

The general time of this seven-year period couldn't begin 
until the Jewish people re-established their nation in their an- 
cient homeland of Palestine. 

Keys to the Prophetic Puzzle 

A definite international realignment of nations into four 
spheres of political power had to occur in the same era as 
this rebirth of Israel Each sphere of power had to be led by a 
certain predicted nation and allied with certain other na- 
tions. The relationships of all these factors to each other is 
easily determined by the following clues: first, each one of 
the four spheres of political power is said to be present 
and vitally involved with the reborn state of Israel. 


Secondly, each one of these spheres of power is a major 
factor in the final great war called “Armageddon,” which is 
to be triggered by an invasion of the new state of Israel. 

Third, each one of these spheres of power will be judged 
and destroyed for invading the new state of Israel, by the per- 
sonal return of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

It should be obvious that these predicted movements of 
history are interrelated in their general time of beginning and 
ending. This is why the prophecies can be pieced together 
to make a coherent picture, even though the pieces are scat- 
tered in small bits throughout the Old and New Testaments. 

Raised Eyebrows 

Many Bible students in recent years tried to fit the events 
of World War I and II to the prophetic signs which would 
herald the imminent return of Christ. Their failure discredited 

The people who have fled to the mountains to await the 
end of the world haven’t had the faintest idea about the 
truths in Bible prophecy. 

It is because of these unscriptural attempts at calculating 
dates that some eyebrows rise when we speak of Bible 
prophecy today. 

Dream and Reality 

The one event which many Bible students in the past over- 
looked was this paramount prophetic sign: Israel had to be a 
nation again in the land of its forefathers. 

Israel a nation — a dream for so many years, made a re- 
ality on 14 May 1948 when David Ben-Gurion read the 
Declaration of Independence announcing the establishment 
of a Jewish nation to be known as the State of Israel. 

In 1949, Prime Minister Ben-Gurion said that Israel's pol- 
icy “consists of bringing ail Jews to Israel , . , w ! e are still at 
the beginning.” 1 


What Countdown? 

This seven-year period we have called the “countdown” is 
a period of unique events. There is more prophecy concern- 
ing this period than any other era the Bible describes. 

The apostle John counted out seven years for this period 
when he spoke of the second half being forty-two months 
(i.e., 3*/2 years), and the first half being 1260 days (i.e., 3 Vi 
x 360 days, which is the Biblical year) {Revelation 11:2, 3). 

The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the time when Cod would 
return His people of Israel and Judah from a great captivity 
and dispersion. He calls this period “the time of Jacob’s 

As Christ told of the world conditions that would immedi- 
ately precede His coming, He said, “For then there will be 
great tribulation [affliction, distress and oppression] such as 
has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, 
and never will be. And if those days had not been short- 
ened, no human being would be saved” (Matthew 24:21, 
22 ). 

In other words, this period will be marked by the greatest 
devastation that man has ever brought upon himself. Man- 
kind will be on the brink of self-annihilation when Christ 
suddenly returns to put an end to the war of wars called 

Israel, the Fuse of Armageddon 

What has happened and what is happening right now to 
Israel is significant in the entire prophetic picture. Men who 
have studied events that were to occur shortly before the 
great holocaust known as Armageddon are amazed as they 
see them happening before their eyes. 

Too few Biblical scholars pay any serious attention to the 
proven prophetic content of Scripture. Dr. William F. Al- 
bright, eminent archaeologist and professor of Semitic Lan- 
guages, noted this fact after he had verified many historic 
fulfillments of Bible prophecy. He said, “That the prophets 
were not only dedicated men, but also predictors of the fu- 


ture, is fully recognized in Biblical tradition but has been un- 
der-emphasized by modem Biblical scholars. , , d 53 

The nation of Israel cannot be ignored; we see the Jews as a 
miracle of history. Even the casual observer is amazed how 
the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have survived 
as a distinct race in spite of the most formidable odds. What 
other people can trace their continuous unity back nearly 
4,000 years? 

Twice the Jews have been destroyed as a nation and dragged 
away as slaves under inhuman circumstances; twice the Jews 
returned to their ancient homeland and reestablished their na- 

What other people have preserved a distinct and separate 
national identity in spite of a total of some 2600 years of 
being scattered — years of dispersion, as it is called? During 
all these years these men and women without a country 
have suffered the most insane and unjust persecutions ever 
endured by any collection of people or nationalities. 

Jewish survival is a phenomenon. However, Jewish history, 
with all of its tragedies and triumphs, has been accurately 

Setting the Stage 

History may be dry bones to some, but the history of how 
the stage was set for the rebirth of Israel is fascinating. This 
history also serves as a standard to test how reliable future 
prophecy concerning Israel will be. Let’s look at the record 
of past prophecy fulfilled concerning Israel. 

God's Woodshed 

Some 3500 years ago, at a time when the Jewish people 
were enroll te from Egypt to possess the Promised Land of 
Palestine, Moses predicted that they would be chastened, or 
disciplined, twice, as a nation, for not believing their God 
and rejecting His ways. The first stage of tins disciplinary 
action came from Babylon, 


Misery in Babylon 

Moses predicted that a mighty nation would invade and 
destroy Israel The invaders would be so fierce that they 
would have no respect for either the very old or the very 
young. Civilians would be massacred and property com- 
pletely destroyed- The survivors would be taken as slaves. 

As previously noted, the prophet Isaiah added details to 
what Moses predicted, about 150 years before it occurred. 
Isaiah said to a king of Judah, named Hezckiab: “Behold, 
the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that 
which your predecessors have stored up till this day, shall be 
carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord'* 
f Isaiah 39:6 Amplified). 

The prophet Jeremiah, several years before it happened, 
predicted how long the Babylonian captivity wmiid last: 
“And this whole land shall be a waste and an astonishment, 
and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy 
years 1 ' (Jeremiah 25:11 Amplified), 

Precisely as predicted, the Babylonians swept into the 
southern kingdom of Israel and Jerusalem and destroyed it. 
Those w'ho survived the holocaust were carried off to Baby- 
lon as slaves where they remained for seventy years (II 
Chronicles 36:15-21). 

At the end of this period of enslavement the Persian king, 
Cyrus, released some of the Jewish people to return and re- 
build the Temple in Jerusalem (II Chronicles 36:22, 23), 
You wall recall that this king had been predicted by name 
some 200 years before by Isaiah (Isaiah 44:28; 45:4), 

The Winds of Rome 

In the same prophecy in svhieh he predicted the first stage of 
divine discipline, Moses also predicted the second stage. He 
said that because of continued disbelief and rejection of their 
God, Israel would be destroyed as a nation a second time. This 
time the survivors would be scattered throughout the world 
in every nation. They would be relentlessly persecuted — - 
men without a country. Moses gives a graphic portrayal of 


the history of the Jews when he says that they will be scat- 
tered among all the people of the earth, where they “shall 
find no ease.” The Jews will find no rest for their feet, their 
very lives shall “hang in doubt” (Deuteronomy 28:64-68). 

Many other prophets, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 
and Amos to name a few, all predicted the great world-wide 
exile of the Jewish people and the destruction of the Jewish 

Just before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus said, . . for 
there will be a great distress upon the land, and wrath to this 
people, and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will 
be led captive into all the nations . . (Luke 21:23, 24 

It’s very important to note that this great theme of proph- 
ecy concerning the global dispersion was predicted by Jesus 
as occurring to the same generation that crucified Him. He 
said. “Truly I say to you. all these things shall come upon this 
generation” (Matthew 23:36 NASB), 

History verifies the accuracy of these prophecies. Just as 
predicted by Jesus, less than forty years after His death Titus 
and the Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and the nation, 
slaughtering hundreds of thousands. Those who survived 
were shipped off to the slave markets in Egypt. Soon the 
supply exceeded the demand and they were worthless, even 
as lowly slaves. 

For almost 2000 years the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and 
Jacob have wandered around the earth with no country of 
their own, in constant fear of persecution and death. I am 
sure that they have asked the question millions of times, why 
all this evil for us? The true Christian has looked on with 
amazement and compassion, while the Jew has become a 
phenomenon to the w r orld. It is no wonder that Moses wrote 
concerning their sufferings and punishment, “They (i.e. the 
judgments) shall be upon you for a sign [of warning to 
other nations] and for a wonder, and upon your descen- 
dants for ever” (Deuteronomy 28:46 Amplified), 

Israel’s history of misery' which has exactly fulfilled pro- 
phetic warnings should be a sign to die whole world — a 


sign which among other things should teach that God means 
what He says, and says what He means. 

Israel Reborn 

The same prophets who predicted the world-wide exile 
and persecution of the Jews also predicted their restoration 
as a nation. It is surprising that many could not see the ob- 
vious: since the first part of these prophecies came true we 
should have anticipated that the second part would come 
true, also. This restoration was to come about in the general 
time of the climactic seven-year countdown and its finale — 
the personal appearance of the Messiah to deliver the new 
state from destruction. 

Set the Record Straight 

Right here a careful distinction must be made between 
“the physical restoration” to the land of Palestine as a nation, 
which clearly occurs shortly before the Messiah's coming and 
the “spiritual restoration” of all Jews who have believed in 
the Messiah just after His return to this earth. 

The “physical restoration” is accomplished by unbelieving 
Jews through their human effort. As a matter of fact, the 
great catastrophic events which are to happen to this nation 
during “the tribulation” are primarily designed to shock the 
people into believing in their true Messiah (Ezekiel 38; 39). 

The Scoffers 

For many years prior to 1948 some Christian scholars de- 
nied the possibility of accepting the prophecies concerning 
the restoration of Israel as a nation in Palestine. As a matter 
of fact, many Bible teachers taught that all prophecy relating 
to Israel's future was fulfilled in Israel's past. Others taught 
that the promises made to Israel must be applied to the Church 
(since Israel rejected her Messiah.) Some theologians of the 
liberal school still insist that prophecy has no literal meaning 
for today and that it cannot he taken seriously. It is difficult 


to understand this view if one carefully weighs the case of 
Israel’s rebirth as a nation. 

Truth From Dusty Books 

There has been down through history a group of men who 
diligently studied the prophetic content of the Bible and took 
it both seriously and literally. This writer searched through 
many commentaries on the subject dating back to a.d. 1611 
and found that many scholars clearly understood that the 
Jews would return to Palestine and re-establish their nation 
before the Messiah would come. These men held this position 
in spite of mocking and ridicule on the part of the majority 
of Christendom. 

The certainty of Israel’s physical rebirth as a nation and 
restoration to Palestine was seen by Dr. John Cumming in 
1864. Thumb through his fascinating old book, over a hun- 
dred years old, and you'll read: “How comes it to pass that 
as a nation they have been dispersed over every land, yet in- 
sulated, separated, and alone amid the nations? The predic- 
tions of their restoration are in words as definite only not 
yet fulfilled. As a nation they were cut off and dispersed, 
and it is as a nation that they shall be gathered and restored. 

“But one closing act in this great dramatic history of an 
extraordinary people is yet wanting to complete the whole. 
Their restoration is predicted and demanded. Who will 
stretch out his hand to move the scene and call forth the 
actors.” 3 

Was this man a prophet or a student of the prophets of 

The fact that the Jews had to be restored as a nation be- 
fore Christ could return was seen by James Grant, an English 
Bible scholar writing in 1866. 

“The personal coming of Christ, to establish His millennial 
reign on earth, will not take place until the Jews are re- 
stored to their own land, and the enemies of Christ and the 
Jews have gathered together their armies from all parts of 
the world, and have commenced the siege of Jerusalem . . . 


now the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the mus- 
tering and marshalling of these mighty armies, with a view 
to capturing Jerusalem, must require a considerable time 

(This was written eighty-two years before Israel was made 
a nation.) 

Increase Mather, a famous minister in the early colonies of 
America, wrote a book published in 1669 entitled, The Mys- 
tery of Israel's Salvation. In this book he developed many of 
the crucial prophecies of Israel’s restoration. He, too, showed 
that the Jews would return to Palestine and become a nation 
before their spiritual conversion and the return of the Mes- 
siah, Jesus Christ. 

The great contribution of these men who stood against the 
prevailing religious opinion of their day is obvious. They 
prove that these prophetic passages are clear and could be 
understood if taken literally. A hundred or more years ago 
the prospect of the nation of Israel seemed impossible. Their 
faith in these passages in the Bible has been verified before 
our eyes! 

These men used what may be called the golden rule of 
interpretation which the Biblical record of fulfilled prophecy 
indicates is correct. 

“When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, 
seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its pri- 
mary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the 
immediate context, studied in the light of related passages 
and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly other- 
wise.” 5 

This is the method which this writer has diligently sought 
to follow. 

Three Important Events 

To be specific about Israel’s great significance as a sign of 
the time, there are three things that were to happen. First, 
the Jewish nation would be reborn in the land of Palestine. 
Secondly, the Jews would repossess old Jerusalem and the 


sacred sites. Thirdly, they would rebuild their ancient tem- 
ple of worship upon its historic site. 

The Nation Born in a Day 

Some 2600 years ago Ezekiel showed that the Jewish na- 
tion would be reborn after a iong world-wide dispersion, 
but before the coming of the Messiah to judge a great enemy 
who would rise up against the new nation. Here is Ezekiel — 
speaking prophetically to this great enemy of the revived 
state — “After many days you shall be visited and mus- 
tered for service; in the latter years you shall go against the 
land that is restored from the ravages of the sword, where 
people are gathered out of many nations upon the mountains 
of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people 
are brought forth out of the nations . . . M (Ezekiel 38:8 

The Time of This Prophecy's Fulfillment 

There are several clues in Ezekiels words which make it 
possible to pinpoint the time of this restoration. 

Clue one: “The latter years” is the first. Dr. Kac, a Jew- 
ish medical doctor and noted Bible scholar, sums it up this 
way: “The phrase latter days' always refers in the Old Tes- 
tament to the time of Israels final and complete national res- 
toration and spiritual redemption.”* 

Clue two: This restoration is clearly after a long-term des- 
olation of the land of Israel, Note the following statements 
in the context: “the land that is restored from the ravages of 
the sword . , ** And, , , the mountains of Israel, which 
had been a continual waste, . . ” 

Clue three: It is also a time when the Jewish people are 
being returned from exile “out of many nations.” Ezekiel 
37 is part of this context and details the miracle of the 
physical restoration of the Jews to their own land, then af- 
terward their spiritual conversion. This was predicted to 
occur at a time when the world would be saying, “Behold, 


they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we 
are completely cut off" (Ezekiel 37:11 Amplified), 

Clue four: The crux of the case is that this physical res- 
toration to the land is directly associated with triggering the 
hostility which brings about a great judgment upon all na- 
tions and the Messiah’s return to set up God's Kingdom, In 
other words, it is the presence of this reborn nation of Israel, 
flourishing in prosperity, that excites a great enemy from the 
uttermost north of Palestine to launch an attack upon them 
which sets off the last war of the world. This war is to be 
ended with such a display of divine intervention that a great 
many of the surviving Gentiles and Jews put their whole trust 
in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, 

It cannot be emphasized enough. This restoration would 
take place after a world -wide dispersion and long-term des- 
olation of the land of Israel. However, it w^ould occur shortly 
before the events which will culminate with the personal, vis- 
ible return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to set up an ever- 
lasting Kingdom and bring about the spiritual conversion of 

Jesus the Prophet 

Jesus Christ also pinpointed the general time of His re- 
turn when His disciples asked Him nvo important questions. 
“What will be the sign of your coming?” they wanted to 
know. And “What will be the sign of the end of the age?” 
The “coming” referred to in the question above is commonly 
referred to as the second advent of Christ. It was only nat- 
ural that they wanted to know what signs would indicate 
His return to set up God's promised Kingdom. 

In answer Jesus gave many general signs involving world 
conditions which he called “birth pangs.” He said that these 
signs, such as religious apostasy, wars, national revolutions, 
earthquakes, famines, etc., would increase in frequency and 
intensity just like birth pangs before a child is bom. 

One of the great signs He predicted, however, is often over- 
looked. He speaks of the Jewish people being in the land of 


Palestine as a nation at the time of His return. He speaks of 
“those who are in Judea” fleeing to the mountains to escape 
the great battles that immediately precede His return (Mat- 
thew 24:16). 

Another statement of Jesus demands a national existence 
with even their ancient worship restored. “Pray that your 
flight may not be ... on a Sabbath” (Matthew 24:20). 
This indicates that the ancient traditions regarding travel on 
the Sabbath would be in force again, thus hindering a rapid 
escape from the predicted invasion. 

Even the Temple has to be rebuilt according to the sign 
given in Matthew 24:15. (More will be said about this 
shortly. ) 

Jesus' predictions regarding the nation restored to the 
land are extremely significant when we recall that He pre- 
dicted a world-wide dispersion and complete destruction of 
the nation which would begin with the generation which cru- 
cified Him (Luke 21:22, 23; Matthew 23:36). 

Yet when Jesus looks into the future and describes the 
conditions which would prevail at His coming, He puts the 
Jews back in the land as a nation. 

It is in this context that Jesus predicts an extremely im- 
portant time clue. He says: “Now learn the parable from 
the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, 
and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even 
so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that 
He is near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:32, 33 NASB). 

Perfect Parable 

When the signs just given begin to multiply and increase 
in scope it’s similar to the certainty of leaves coming on the 
fig tree. But the most important sign in Matthew has to be the 
restoration of the Jews to the land in the rebirth of Israel. 
Even the figure of speech “fig tree” has been a historic sym- 
bol of national Israel. When the Jewish people, after nearly 
2,000 years of exile, under relentless persecution, became 
a nation again on 14 May 1948 the “fig tree” put forth its 
first leaves. 


Jesus said that this would indicate that He was “at the 
door,” ready to return. Then He said, “Truly I say to you, 
this generation will not pass away until all these things take 
place” (Matthew 24:34 NASB). 

What generation? Obviously, in context, the generation 
that would see the signs — chief among them the rebirth of 
Israel. A generation in the Bible is something like forty 
years. If this is a correct deduction, then within forty years 
or so of 1948, all these things could take place. Many schol- 
ars who have studied Bible prophecy all their lives believe 
that this is so. 

The Repossession of Jerusalem 

Another important event that had to take place before 
the stage would be fully set for the “seven-year countdown” 
was the repossession of ancient Jerusalem. Much of what is 
to happen to the Jewish people at the return of the Messiah is 
to occur in the vicinity of the ancient city. 

Zechariah some 2500 years ago predicted the great inva- 
sion against the Jewish people who would dwell near ancient 
Jerusalem at the time of Messiah’s second coming. Chapters 
12 through 14 of Zechariah graphically describe the events 
in sequence. 

Here is an outline of these crucial chapters: 

1. The siege of Jerusalem by all nations (12:1-3). 

2. A description of the battle in and around Jerusalem 

3. The personal revelation of Jesus Christ as Messiah to 
a remnant of Jews in Jerusalem (12:10). 

4. The repentance and faith w r hich occurs at this per- 
sonal revelation (12:11-14). 

5. The opening of the fountain of forgiveness to repen- 
tant Israel (13:1). 

6. The triumphant return of the Messiah (14:1-21). 


It is clear in these chapters that the Jews would have to be 
dwelling in and have possession of the ancient city of Jerusa- 
lem at the time of the Messiah’s triumphant advent. 

Jesus Christ also predicted this situation in His last great 
public message before His arrest. He warned the Jews who 
would be living in Judea to look for “the abomination of 
desolation,” which was spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, 
standing in the “holy place” (Matthew 24:15), 

“The abomination of desolation” has a technical Jewish 
meaning which is to desecrate the Temple by bringing a 
Gentile or an unholy thing into the holy place (a consecrated 
compartment where only an authorized priest is to enter). 
An “abomination of desolation” happened once before in 
Jewish history when in 165 b.c. an invading king named 
Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered a pig in the holy place. 

The point is this, in order for there to be a Temple, there 
would have to be a repossession of the Temple site in ancient 

In March and April of 1967 I was lecturing on this subject 
at many college campuses on the West coast. I said that if 
this was the time that I thought it was, then somehow the 
Jews were going to have to repossess old Jerusalem. Many 
chuckled about that statement. 

Then came the war of June, 1967 — the phenomenal Is- 
raeli six -day blitz. I was personally puzzled as to the signifi- 
cance of it all until the third day of fighting when Moshe 
Dayan, the ingenious Israeli general, marched to the wailing 
wall, the last remnant of the Old Temple, and said, “We have 
returned to our holiest of holy places, never to leave her 

Needless to say, I received quite a few phone calls after 
that. Again, against incredible odds, the Jews had unwit- 
tingly further set up the stage for their final hour of trial 
and conversion. 

The Third Temple 

There remains but one more event to completely set the 
stage for Israel’s part in the last great act of her historical 


drama. This is to rebuild the ancient Temple of worship upon 
its old site. There is only one place that this Temple can be 
built, according to the Law of Moses. This is upon Mount 
Moriah. It is there that two previous Temples were built: 
the first was built by Solomon 3000 years ago. The second 
was built by the returning Babylonian exiles 2400 years ago. 
This one was completely refurbished by Herod the Great later 
on in an effort to win the favor and acceptance of the Jews. 
The second Temple was totally destroyed by Titus and the 
Roman Legions in a.d. 70. 

There is one major problem barring the construction of a 
third Temple. That obstacle is the second holiest place of the 
Moslem faith, the Dome of the Rock. This is believed to be 
built squarely in the middle of the old temple site. 

Obstacle or no obstacle, it is certain that the Temple will 
be rebuilt. Prophecy demands it. 

Jesus Christ predicted an event which would trigger a time 
of unparalleled catastrophe for the Jewish nation shortly be- 
fore His second coming. This “abomination of desolation" 
or desecration of the inner sanctum of the Temple would oc- 
cur at the midway point of God’s last seven years of dealing 
with the Jewish people before setting up the long-awaited 
Kingdom of God ( Daniel 9:27). 

Daniel's prediction also indicates that a prince would rise 
up from among the people who destroyed the second Temple 
(who were the Romans in a.d. 70) and that he “would 
make a firm covenant” with the Jewish people. This treaty 
would guarantee the religious freedom to reinstitute the old 
“sacrifices and oblations” of the Law of Moses. 

This “prince” must be from a revived form of the ancient 
Roman Empire. (More about this in a later chapter.) 

The apostle Paul predicts the activities of this Roman prince 
in great detail and gives us insight into the act that is called 
“the abomination of desolation.” Paul speaks of this person 
as one who “opposes and exalts himself above every so- 
called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in 
the temple of God, displaying himself as being God” (II 


Thessalonians 2:4 NASB ) . By this act, the Roman prince, 
who is also called “the Lawless One” and "the Antichrist,” 
breaks his covenant with the Jewish people and causes the 
Jewish temple worship, according to the law of Moses, to 
cease (Daniel 9:27). 

Tie It All Together 

The main points are these: first, there will be a reinstitu- 
tion of the Jewish worship according to the Law of Moses 
with sacrifices and oblations in the general time of Christ's 
return; secondly, there is to be a desecration of the Jewish 
Temple in the time immediately preceding Christ’s return. 

We must conclude that a third Temple will be rebuilt upon 
its ancient site in old Jerusalem. 

If this is the time that this writer believes it is, there will 
soon begin the construction of this Temple. Are there any 
evidences of such intentions in Israel? 

In a fascinating article written shortly after the recapture 
of old Jerusalem, a reporter interviewed a famous Israeli his- 
torian, Israel El dad. In answer to the question, “Do your 
people intend to rebuild the Temple?” Eldad said, “From 
the time that King David first conquered Jerusalem until Solo- 
mon built the Temple, just one generation passed. So will it 
be with us.” 

The reporter was so startled by that answer that he asked, 
“What about the Dome of the Rock which now stands on the 
temple site?” 

Eldad replied, “It is, of course, an open question. Who 
knows, maybe there will be an earthquake.” 

The hope of rebuilding the Temple that is present in the 
hearts of devout Jews, some of whom are in powerful posi- 
tions in the Israeli government, was clearly reflected here. 

With the Jewish nation reborn in the land of Palestine, an- 
cient Jerusalem once again under total Jewish control for 
the first time in 2600 years, and talk of rebuilding the great 
Temple, the most important prophetic sign of Jesus Christ’s 
soon coming is before us. This has now set the stage for the 


other predicted signs to develop in history. It is like the key 
piece of a jigsaw puzzle being found and then having the 
many adjacent pieces rapidly fall into place. 

For all those who trust in Jesus Christ, it is a time of elec- 
trifying excitement. 


The nexf war will not be with the Arabs, buf with fhe Russians* 


* * * and come from your place out of the uttermost parts of fhe 
norfh, you and many peoples wifh you; all of them riding 
on horses, a great host, a mighty army ; you w/H come 
up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering fhe land* 
In the lafter days / will bring you against my land, fhaf 
the nations may know me, when fhrough you, 0 Gog, 
I vindicate my holiness before their eyes * 

EZEKIEL 38:1506, 650 B,C, 


The new State of Israel will be plagued by a certain pattern 
of events which has been clearly forecasted. 

Shortly after the restoration of the Jews in the land of 
Israel, an incredible enemy will arise to its “uttermost north,” 
This enemy will be composed of one great nation which will 
gather around it a number of allies. It is this “Northern 
Confederacy” that is destined to plunge the world into its 
final great war which Christ will return to end. 

When I was a teenager watching the end of World War 
II, facing the continued fear of another war, I wondered 
then how it would all end. I once heard a radio program 


with a minister saying that the Bible indicated that the last 
war of the world would be fought between nations symbolized 
by an eagle and a bear. That was interesting to me, but he 
didn t back up his remarks with any definite proof. Even 
though J wasn’t religious or interested in the Bible, I still 
spent many hours in bull sessions about this subject with 
other men who were as irreligious as myself. Little did I 
realize at that time how definite the Bible is about who the 
nations will be that play the major roles in the last drama. 
There is certainly more revealed than the vague symbols of 
an eagle and a bear. 

There are three major prophecies on this northern sphere 
of political power which are to be found in Ezekiel 38; 39; 
Daniel 11:40-45; and Joel 2:20. It is of paramount impor- 
tance to identify the time to which these prophecies apply, 
who the leading nation of the confederacy is, and who the 
allies are. 

Then we shall see what this Northern Confederacy will do 
and how it will end. 

What Time Is It? 

There are several clues in Ezekiel’s prophecy which estab- 
lish the time to which it applies. 

First, several times in the prophecy it is ascribed to “the 
latter years” (Ezekiel 38:8) and “the latter days,” which 
have been previously noted (Ezekiel 38:16). These are 
definite terms which denote the time just preceding and in- 
cluding the events which will be climaxed by the second ad- 
vent of Jesus Christ, who will come this time as the “reigning 
Messiah’ to set up God’s promised Kingdom. 

Second, this prediction is found in a context with a def- 
inite chronological sequence of events. 

Ezekiel 36 and 37 speak of the final restoration of the 
Jews to the land of Palestine, a restoration from which they 
will never be scattered again. This restoration has two dis- 
tinctions which show that it couldn’t be speaking of the time 
when the Jews returned from the Babylonian exile. 


The first distinction is that they are to return from a long 
world-wide dispersion, (The Babylonian dispersion wasn’t 
very long nor was it world-wide.) The second distinction is 
that this restoration is immediately prior to and connected 
with the period of tribulation. This period brings about a 
great spiritual rebirth of the nation and the return of Jesus 
the Messiah to rescue them from their enemies. 

Ezekiel speaks of the physical restoration of the nation 
when he says: “But you. O mountains of Israel, shall shoot 
forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Is- 
rael; for they are soon to come home” (Ezekiel 36:8 Ampli- 

And again from Ezekiel. “For I will lake you from among 
the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and bring 
you into your own land” (Ezekiel 36:24 Amplified). 

Ezekiel then foretells the spiritual regeneration of the 
people at some point after they are restored as a nation when 
he says, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and 
you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all 
your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart will I give you, 
and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take 
away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of 
flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to 
walk in My statutes . , .” (Ezekiel 36:25-27 Amplified). 

The parable of Ezekiel 37 describes these same events in 
this sequence: first, the physical restoration as a nation in 
the land and then the spiritual rebirth of the people. Ezekiel 
explains the prophetic vision, indicating the dry bones as “the 
whole house of Israel” hopelessly scattered throughout the 
nations of the world (Ezekiel 37:11). The bones coming 
together and sinews and flesh being put upon them is ex- 
plained as meaning the regathering of the people into a phys- 
ical restoration of a national existence in Palestine. Isn’t it 
fascinating how graphic this physical analogy is? 

Ezekiel’s vision, however, goes beyond the purely physical. 
It says “. . . but there was no breath or spirit in them” 
(Ezekiel 37:8 Amplified). This indicates that the real spir- 


itual life would come with the rebirth of the people after the 

This restoration and spiritual rebirth of the nation is to be 
the beginning of the everlasting kingdom which the Messiah 
is promised to bring. Ezekiel says, “I will make a covenant 
of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with 
them ... I will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for 
evermore” (Ezekiel 37:26 Amplified). 

Study Ezekiel 38 and 39. The most significant part of 
this chain of events is established here. These chapters indi- 
cate with certainty that after the physical restoration of the 
nation, but before the spiritual rebirth, the great northern 
enemy will invade Israel (Ezekiel 38:8, 16). Then God will 
supematuraliy judge the northern invaders, and this is the 
very act which will impel the Israeli people to know' and be- 
lieve in their true Messiah, Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 39:6-8). 

Zechariah beautifully described this scene when he quotes 
God as saying, “And I will pour out upon the house of 
David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion 
and supplication, so that, when they look on him whom they 
have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for 
an only child . . .” (Zechariah 12:10). 

Ezekiel speaks in chapters 40 through 48 of a new wor- 
ship pattern which will be established after the Messiah, Je- 
sus Christ, comes to reign on earth over the Kingdom of 

Since the restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948, we have 
lived in the most significant period of prophetic history. We 
are living in the times which Ezekiel predicted in chapters 
38 and 39. 

In 1854 a scholar named Chamberlain summed up the 
crux of what has just been said. In commenting on Ezekiel 
38, he observed, “From all which I should infer, the coming 
restoration of Israel will at first be gradual and pacific; a res- 
toration permitted, if not assisted and encouraged or pro- 
tected. They will return to occupy the whole land, both 
cities and villages; they will be settled there, become prosper- 


ous and increasing in wealth, before this great confeder- 
acy of northern people will be formed against them.” 1 

Consider that Chamberlain wrote this over one hundred 
years ago - — long before Israel was a nation “assisted and en- 
couraged" by other countries. 

Who Is the Northern Commander? 

For centuries, long before the current events could have 
influenced the interpreter’s ideas, men have recognized that 
Ezekiel’s prophecy about the northern commander referred to 

Dr. John Cumming, writing in 1864, said, “This king of 
the North I conceive to be the autocrat of Russia . . . that 
Russia occupies a place, and a very momentous place, in 
the prophetic word has been admitted by almost all exposi- 
tors.” 2 

What’s the Evidence? 

Ezekiel describes this northern commander as “Gog, of 
the land of Magog, the chief prince (or ruler) of Rosh, of 
Meschech and Tubal" (Ezekiel 38:2 Amplified). This gives 
the ethnic background of this commander and his people. 

In other words, the prophet gives the family tree of this 
northern commander so that we can trace the migrations of 
these tribes to the modem nation that we know. 

Gog is the symbolic name of the nation’s leader and Magog 
is his land. He is also the prince of the ancient people who 
were called Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 

In the Biblical chapter commonly called the “Table of 
Nations” by scholars these names are mentioned. (See Gen- 
esis 10.) They are described as the grandsons of Noah 
through his son Japheth, with the exception of Rosh (Gen- 
esis 10:1, 2). Magog is the second son; Tubal is the fifth 
son; and Meshech is the sixth son. 

You must be all excited about Magog, Meshech, and Tubal 
by this time! You are probably saying, “What in the world 


do these crusty relics of fiction have to do with Russia?” 
Let this writer assure you, these names are not fiction, but they 
have turned up in many archaeological discoveries in very 
early accounts of ancient history. One reason for this is that 
the families of these forefathers adopted their names as “tri- 
bal names.” The family descended from Magog became 
known as the tribe of Magog, etc. 

Dead Men Do Tell Tales! 

It is necessary on the next few pages to establish some 
documentation from ancient history. Some people find this 
subject “a little dull,” to say the least. If this is your case, 
you may wish to skim over the high points. For others, it 
will prove to be rewarding to check carefully the grounds 
upon which the hi storical case is built. 

Herodotus, the fifth century b.c. Greek philosopher, is 
quoted as mentioning Meshech and Tubal. He identified 
them with a people named the Samaritans and Muscovites 
who lived at that time in the ancient province of Pontus in 
northern Asia Minor . 3 

Josephus, a Jewish historian of the first century, says that 
the people of his day known as the Moschevi and Thobe- 
lites were founded by Meshech and Tubal respectively. He 
said, “. . . Magog is called the Scythians by the Greeks.” He 
continued by saying that these people lived in the northern 
regions above the Caucasus mountains . 4 

Pliny, a noted Roman writer of early Christian times, 
said, “Hierapolis, taken by the Scythians, was afterward 
called Magog .” 5 In this he shows that the dreaded barbaric 
people called the Scythians were identified with their ancient 
tribal name. Any good history book of ancient times traces 
the Scythians to be a principle part of the people who make 
up modem Russia. 

Wilhelm Gesenius, a great Hebrew scholar of the early 
nineteenth century, discusses these words in his unsurpassed 
Hebrew Lexicon. “Meshech,” he says, “was founder of the 


Moschi, a barbarous people, who dwelt in the Moschihn 

This scholar went on to say that the Greek name, “Mos- 
chi,” derived from the Hebrew name Meshech is the source of 
the name for the city of Moscow. In discussing Tubal he 
said, “Tubal is the son of Rapheth, founder of the Tibereni, 
a people dwelling on the Black Sea to the west of the Moschi.” 
Gesenius concludes by saying that these people undoubt- 
edly make up the modern Russian people. 

There is one more name to consider in this line of evidence. 
It is the Hebrew word, “Rosh,” translated “chief’ in Ezekiel 
38:2, 3 of the King James and Revised Standard Versions. 
The word literally means in Hebrew the “top or “head” of 
something. According to most scholars, this word is used 
in the sense of a proper name, not as a descriptive noun 
qualifying the word “prince.” 

The German scholar. Dr. Keil, says after a careful gram- 
matical analysis that it should be translated as a proper 
name, i.e., Rosh. He says, “The Byzantine and Arabic writers 
frequently mention a people called Ros and Rus, dwelling in 
the country of Taurus, and reckoned among the Scythian 
tribes.” 7 

Dr. Gesenius in his Hebrew' Lexicon says, “. . . Rosh was a 
designation for the tribes then north of the Taurus Moun- 
tains, dwelling in the neighborhood of the Volga.” 8 

He concluded that in this name and tribe we have the first 
historical trace of the Russ or Russian nation. 

In the light of the abundant evidence, it is no wonder 
that men long before Russia rose to its present state of power 
foresaw its role in history. Bishop Lowth of England was 
one of these men. He wrote in 1710, “Rosh, taken as a 
proper name, in Ezekiel signifies the inhabitants of Scythia, 
from whom the modern Russians derive their name.” 9 
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such men as 
Bishop Lowth, Dr. Gumming, and Rev. Chamberlain, were 
ridiculed by many of their contemporaries. After all, who 
could have imagined then what we now see in modem com- 
munist Russia — a country founded upon atheism? 


Where Is the Uttermost North? 

The final evidence for identifying this northern command- 
er lies in its geographical location from Israel. 

Ezekiel puts great stress on this by saying three times 
that this great enemy of Israel would come from their “ut- 
termost north.” It is mentioned in 38:6 and 15, and 39:2. 
The King James Version doesn’t translate this accurately, 
but the Revised Standard and Amplified Versions of the Bible 
do. The Hebrew word that qualifies “north” means either 
“uttermost” or “extreme.” 

You need only to take a globe to verify this exact geo- 
graphical fix. There is only one nation to the “uttermost 
north" of Israel — the U.S.S.R. 

“Thus says the Lord God: Are you he of whom I have 
spoken in olden times by My servants the prophets of Israel, 
who prophesied in those days for years that I would bring 
you, Gog, against them?” (Ezekiel 38:17 Amplified). The 
answer to this challenging question thrown down by God 
through Ezekiel centuries ago is now rather obvious, wouldn’t 
you say? 

General Dayan’s statement that “The next war will not be 
with the Arabs but with the Russians” has a considerably 
deeper significance, doesn’t it? 

Final Exam 

Just think for a moment how incredible a thing we are 
considering here. How could Ezekiel 2600 years ago have 
forecast so accurately the rise of Russia to its current mil- 
itary might and its direct and obvious designs upon the Mid- 
dle East, not to mention the fact that it is now an implacable 
enemy of the new state of Israel? How could men like Cham- 
berlain and Cummings, for that matter, one hundred years 
ago have so clearly seen the future rise of Russia to its pres- 
ent world- threatening position? 

The answer is again, it seems to this writer, obvious. 
Ezekiel once again passes “the test of a prophet.” He was 
guided by the Spirit of the living God. In the apostle Peter’s 


final letter, written as he faced certain and imminent death, 
he stated the source of the prophets’ wisdom and insight. 
Peter first states where prophecy did not originate; “But know 
this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of 
one’s own interpretation” (II Peter 1:20 NASB). In other 
words, the prophets did not dream up their own interpreta- 
tion of life and history. 

Then Peter declares where prophecy did originate, . . 
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, 
but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (II 
Peter 1:21 NASB). 

When a man knows that he is about to die, he usually 
gets around to saying the things he considers to be most im- 
portant. Peter considered the certainty and relevance of the 
prophetic word to be the most important thing. He even 
warned that in “the latter times” men posing as religious 
leaders would rise from within the Church and deny, even 
ridicule, the prophetic word (II Peter 2:1-3; 3:1-18). 

If you pass this book around to many ministers you’ll find 
how true this prediction has become. 

Who Are the Allies? 

Ezekiel partially catalogs the ancient names of the peoples 
and nations who would be confederates of Russia in 38:5 
and 6. 


All authorities agree on who Persia is today. It is mod- 
em Iran. This is significant because it is being wooed to join 
the United Arab Republic in its hostility against Israel. The 
Russians are at this moment seeking to gain footholds in Iran 
by various overtures of aid. In order to mount the large-scale 
invasion predicted by Ezekiel, Russia would need Iran as an 
ally. It would be much more difficult to move a large land 
army across the Caucasus Mountains that border Turkey, than 
the Elburz Mountains that border Iran. Iran’s general ter- 
rain is also much easier to cross than Turkey’s. Transporta- 
tion, however, will be needed through both countries. 

RUSSIA is A gog / 67 

Watch the actions of Iran in relation to Russia and the 
United Arab Republic. This writer believes that significant 
things will soon be happening there. 

Ethiopia or Cush (Black African Nations) 

Ethiopia is a translation of the Hebrew word, Cush. Cush 
was the first son of Ham, one of the sons of Noah. 

Moses mentions “the land of Cush” as originally being ad- 
jacent to an area near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (Gen- 
esis 2:13). 

After examining many authorities on the subject, the wri- 
ter discovered once again why Dr. Gesenius is recognized as 
one of the great scholars of history. Gesenius summarized 
all of the evidence as follows : ( 1 ) The Cushites were black 
men. (2) They migrated first to the Arabian peninsula and 
then across the Red Sea to the area south of Egypt. (3) All 
the black people of Africa are descended from Cush. 

Gesenius observes, “Indeed all the nations sprung from 
Cush and enumerated in Genesis 10:7, are to be sought in 
Africa.” 10 

Cush is translated “Ethiopia” twenty-one times in the 
King James Version, which is somewhat misleading. It is 
certain that the ancient Ethiopians (modem Abyssinia) are 
made up of Cushites, but they do not represent all of them, 
according to history. 

The sobering conclusion is this: many of the African na- 
tions will be united and allied with the Russians in the in- 
vasion of Israel. This is in accord with Daniel’s graphic de- 
scription of this invasion (Daniel 11:36-45). 

The Russian force is called “the King of the North” and 
the sphere of power which the African (Cush) force will be 
a part of is called “the King of the South.” 

One of the most active areas of evangelism for the Com- 
munist “gospel” is in Africa. As we see further developments 
in this area in the future, we realize that it will become con- 
verted to Communism. 


Libya or Put ( Arabic African Nations) 

Libya is the translation of the original Hebrew word, Put. 
We have the same problem pinpointing these people as with 
Cush. Put was the third son of Ham (Genesis 10:6). The 
descendants of Put migrated to the land west of Egypt and 
became the source of the North African Arab nations, such 
as Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The first settle- 
ment of Put was called Libya by the ancient historians, Jo- 
sephus and Pliny. 11 The Greek translation of the Hebrew 
Old Testament, called the Septuagint, translates Put as Libya 
in about 165 b.c. 

The conclusion is that Russia’s ally, Put, certainly included 
more than what is now called Libya. Once again there are 
current events to show the beginning of this alliance. 

The territory of Northern Africa is becoming solidly pro- 
Soviet. 12 Algeria appears to be already Communist and al- 
lied with Russia. 

As we watch this area in the next few years we shall see 
indications that it is destined to join the southern sphere of 
power which will attack Israel along with the “King of the 

Gomer and AU Its Hordes ( Iron Curtain Countries ) 

Gomer was the eldest son of Japheth, and the father of 
Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. These people make up 
an extremely important part of the future Russian invasion 

Dr. Young, citing the best of the most recent archaeologi- 
cal finds, says of Gomer and his hordes, “They settled on the 
north of the Black Sea, and then spread themselves south- 
ward and westward to the extremities of Europe.” 13 

Gesenius speaks of part of Gomer’s “hordes” as being 
Ashkenaz . . . “the proper name of a region and a nation 
in northern Asia, sprung from the Cimmerians who are the 
ancient people of Gomer. The modem Jews understand it 
to be Germany, and call that country by this Hebrew 
name, , . .” 14 

RUSSIA is A GOG / 69 

Josephus called the sons of Ashkenaz, “The Rheginians” and 
a map of the ancient Roman Empire places them in the area of 
modem Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany to the 
banks of the Danube River. The modern Jewish T alm ud con- 
firms the same geographical picture. 

The conclusion is that Gomer and its hordes are a part of 
the vast area of modem Eastern Europe which is totally 
behind the Iron Curtain. This includes East Germany and the 
Slovak countries. 

Togarmah and All Its Hordes 
(Southern Russia and the Cossacks ) 

In Ezekiel 38:6 “the house of Togarmah, and all its hordes” 
are specifically pointed out as being from “the uttermost 
north.” Gesenius says that “they are a northern nation and 
country sprung from Gomer abounding in horses and mules.” 
Some of the sons of Togarmah founded Armenia, according 
to their own claim today, Gesenius continued. 

Dr. Bauman traces evidence of some of the sons of Togar- 
mah to the Turkoman tribes of Central Asia. This would ex- 
plain the statement, “. . , of the uttermost north, and all its 

The conclusion is that Togarmah is part of modem South- 
ern Russia and is probably the origin of the Cossacks and 
other people of the Eastern part of Russia. It is interesting 
to note that the Cossacks have always loved horses and have 
been recognized as producing the finest army of cavalry in 
the world. Today they are reported to have several divisions 
of cavalry. It is believed by some military men that cavalry 
will actually be used in the invasion of the Middle East just 
as Ezekiel and other prophets literally predicted. During 
the Korean War the Red Chinese proved that in rugged moun- 
tainous terrain, horses are still the fastest means of moving a 
large attacking force into battle zones. 

Isn’t it a coincidence that such terrain stands between Rus- 
sia and the Israeli? 


Many People Are With You 

Ezekiel indicates that he hasn’t given a complete list of 
allies. Enough is given, however, to make this writer amazed 
by the number of people and nations which will be involved. 

Gog, Take Command 

Ezekiel, prophetically addressing the Russian ruler, com- 
mands him to, . . be prepared; yes prepare yourself, you 
and all your companies that are assembled about you, and 
you be a guard and a commander for them” (Ezekiel 38:7 
Amplified) . 

In other words, the Russian ruler is to equip his confed- 
erates with arms and to assume command. 

If you have doubts about all that has been said in this 
chapter, isn’t it a bit unnerving to note that almost all of the 
countries predicted as part of this great army are already 
armed with weapons created and manufactured in Russia? 

What’s Your Game, Gog? 

We have seen that Russia will arm and equip a vast con- 
federacy. This powerful group of allies will lead an attack 
on restored Israel. However, Russia and her confederates 
will be destroyed completely by an act that Israel will ac- 
knowledge as being from their God. This act will bring many 
in Israel to believe in their true Messiah ( Ezekiel 38:15 ff. ) . 

The attack upon the Russian confederacy and the resulting 
conflict will escalate into the last war of the world, involving 
all nations. 

Then it will happen. Christ will return to prevent the 
annihilation of all mankind. 


Our basic aim will be to destroy Israel. 


They have said, Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; 

let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more. 

PSALM 83:4 (Amplified) prophesied about 1000 B.C. 


When the phone rings and it’s the person we have just men- 
tioned in conversation, inevitably we say, “What a coinci- 
dence, we were just talking about you.” Or when we open 
the mail and find the check that we needed to pay an urgent 
bill, we enjoy the timely coincidence. 

However, in writing this book too many pieces and events 
have fallen into place for us to believe they could all be “co- 
incidence.” This is why we believe what one vague religion- 
ist has called “the divine hand from somewhere” set the 
stage the week we began this chapter. 

In the last chapter some of the confederates of a future 
Russian invasion force w r ere documented from Biblical proph- 
ecy. The confederates who are relevant to this chapter are 
the Arabic nations. The Bible says that Egypt, the Arabic 
nations, and countries of black Africa will form an alliance, 
a sphere of power which will be called the King of the 


South. Allied with Russia, the King of the North, this formid- 
able confederacy will rise up against the restored state of 

So where is the coincidence? 

As we were researching the current status of the leading 
Arabic nation, Egypt, we discovered that on the campus of a 
large university, less than ten minutes away, it was Arab 
Week. Obviously they must have planned it to coincide with 
our study. 

With echos of Scheherazade humming in our subcon- 
scious, we made our way. . . . 

On Campus 

We found an exotic mixture of West and Middle East along 
the shaded walks of the beautiful university. Some students 
were wearing head-coverings, Arab-fashion, to indicate 
where their allegiance was. The vision was not quite like 
Lawrence of Arabia galloping across endless stretches of 
white sand, but the effect was striking. 

Tables were everywhere around the Student Union. We 
were deluged with printed materials concerning the right- 
ness of the Arab cause against Israel and their determination 
to liberate Palestine. 

In a short while we were supplied with documents which 
substantiated the alliance of the Arabs and the Russians, a 
bond both present and actual, but also a fact which was 
prophesied approximately 2600 years ago! 

The purpose of “Arab Week” at the university was to rally 
support for the Palestinian Revolution. According to the 
literature which was being distributed, “the Palestine Revolu- 
tion draws moral support from the revolutionary movements 
of the world. The Arab student movement has given the 
revolution their total support. Arab intellectuals, joined by 
many world-thinkers have given their support.” 

This “revolutionary movement" is part of the Communist 
movement which has supported “wars of liberation” in coun- 
tries around the world. 


From the standpoint of this study of alliances which make 
up the King of the South we saw a valuable link in the align- 
ment of several black African nations with the Arabs in their 
determined plan to “liberate” Palestine from Israel. This is 
another confirmation of prophecy as we have seen from Old 
Testament prophets. 

Egypt: Leading Actor 

We speak of “Arab,” and yet it is obvious that the real 
leader in the Arabic world is Egypt. This country is in a stra- 
tegic spot in the prophetic landscape, which is the reason we 
should follow the events in the Middle East with great inter- 

Egypt is located at the southern end of “the land bridge" 
which connects the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. 
The value of this important piece of real estate, which has 
been established by centuries of fighting will play an impor- 
tant part in events which we will show in the chapter on 
World War HI. Conveniently for Egypt, it has an ideal lo- 
cation for its role of leadership in the Afro -Arab world. 

“Egypt’s geographical size, large population, 150,000 man 
military establishment, advanced industrialization, and Pres- 
ident Gamal Abdel Nasser’s military Arab nationalism make 
it the political, intellectual, and cultural center of the Arab 
world, as well as much of Africa.” 1 

What about Nasser? He has become the symbol of lead- 
ership for both African and Arabic “wars of liberation from 
Western imperialism.” Nasser’s manifesto, “Philosophy of the 
Revolution,” provides us with insight into the future direction 
which we can expect of the Arab and African situation. 

“Nasser views the world as a stage, with Egypt as one of 
the principal actors. This role is three-dimensional, described 
in Nasser’s language in terms of circles. The first of these is 
the Arab area with Arab unity as the main plot. Beyond 
this circle lies Africa, which Nasser envisages as the seat of 
struggle between white ‘imperialists’ and the indigenous Ne- 
groes for possession of its riches. Encompassing these two 
circles is the world of Islam, also threatened by ‘imperialism.’ 


In the past few years, Nasser appears to have expanded this 
conception of the third circle to include all non-Western and 
underdeveloped Western countries.’ 52 

Nasser has not swerved from his written goal to bring 
about a kind of “Arab Socialism,” He has repeatedly said 
that kings, sheiks, sultans, and capitalism must all be obliter- 
ated. This has appealed to the common Arab who has been 
oppressed for centuries. Using the “Gospel of Materialism/ 1 
plus the common bond of Arabic race identity, wedded with 
the Moslem religious ties, Nasser believes that he can unite the 
Arabs to lead the resurrection of all underprivileged nations 
into a mighty third world force. He envisions himself as the 
one to lead the nations of Africa, black and Arab, to unity. 

Somehow the aims, ambitions, and worldly directions of 
dictators past and present never seem to change. There has 
never been a benevolent dictator. 

How to Make Enemies and Influence People 

Nasser has fallen into a trap which has ensnared all Arab 
leaders. It would appear that the only way to remain a pop- 
ular leader in the Arab world today is to keep the flames of 
hatred toward the state of Israel fanned to a fever pitch. The 
one who can make the most elaborate and gory promises of 
Israel’s destruction is number one on the hit parade. When- 
ever an Arab leader senses his popularity waning, he whips 
up a propaganda program about the need to liberate Pales- 
tine, according to Middle-East observers. 

It is believed by most experts on the Middle East that Nas- 
ser was trapped into the June, 1967, war, playing the game 
of Blind Man’s Bluff. He knew that he could never remain 
enthroned as the leader of the United Arab Republic if 
other aggressive Arab leaders railed against Israel in stronger 
terms. It is reported that he was caught unprepared when U 
Thant quickly complied with his order to remove the U.N. 
observers from the buffer zone which separated the Arabic 
and Israeli armies. Once this occurred, he had no alternative 
but to make good his threats. 


Israel saw the clear danger of a large-scale Egyptian mo- 
bilization in the Sinai peninsula and also the threat of not 
being able to ship through the Gulf of Aqaba. The Israelites 
also saw the rapid unification of all Arabic nations into a 
formidable force surrounding them on three sides. Israeli 
leaders realized that unless they seized the initiative and at- 
tacked, there would be no hope of survival, 

What started out to be a bold popularity stunt on Nasser’s 
part, designed to make Israel lose face over the blockade of 
the Gulf of Aqaba, ended in a fiasco. Rather than be com- 
pletely humiliated in the eyes of the world, Nasser carried 
the world to the brink of war. 

It is this kind of fierce pride and smoldering hatred against 
Israel that will keep the Middle East a dangerous trouble spot. 
No Arab leader could hope to remain in power if he were 
willing to make concessions in negotiating with Israel. 

In July, 1968, the headlines in a news magazine warned, 
“No Easing of Mideast War Danger.” The report said that 
“The recent visit of Egypt’s President Nasser to the Soviet 
Union — the country that arms him against Israel — turned 
attention to an area that never seems far from the explosion 

In December, 1968, the ambassador to the United States 
from Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, a key strategist in the six-day 
Arab-Israeli War of 1967, said that he couldn't be optimistic 
about peace in the near future in the Middle East. 4 

U Thant said of the Egypt -Israeli situation, “Never in the 
history of the United Nations’ experience with peace-keeping 
has there been such complete and sustained disregard for a 
cease-fire agreed to by the parties,” Mr. Thant went on to 
say that warfare along the Suez Canal had become so intense 
he might have to consider withdrawal of U.N. cease-fire ob- 
servers. 5 

At the time this is being written Nasser is reported to be in 
poor health. Whether he continues to lead Egypt, or is re- 
placed by some other leader or dead by the time this is pub- 
lished, the clearly predictable course of the Middle East will 


not be changed. There will be continual crises there and 
a great involvement of the world’s major powers. 

The King of the South 

Current events in the Middle East have prepared the stage 
for Egypt’s last act in the great drama which will climax with 
the finale, Christ’s personal return to earth. 

We are not attempting to read into today’s happenings any 
events to prove some vague thesis. This is not necessary. 
All we need to do is know the Scriptures in their proper con- 
text and then watch with awe while men and countries, move- 
ments and nations, fulfill the roles that God’s prophets said 
they would. 

Long ago the prophet Daniel spoke of Egypt as “the king 
of the South." Egypt is identified as this power in chapter 11 
where Daniel predicts a long span of history involving war- 
fare between Egypt under the Ptolemaic dynasty and Syria 
under the Seleucid dynasty. 

In Daniel 11:40 Daniel leaps over a long era of time to 
the events which lead up to the personal, visible appearance 
of Christ as God’s righteous conqueror. The phrase “at the 
time of the end” speaks unmistakably of the beginning of 
the last great war of history. 

Daniel gives great detail concerning the battles and move- 
ment of troops which will take place at the beginning of this 
war. (The war itself will be developed later in Chapter 12.) 

Our interest here is the revelation that Egypt will attack 
the revived state of Israel, which will then be under the con- 
trol of a false Messiah. This man will probably be a Jew 
who works closely with the world dictator who will come to 
power in Rome. (Meet the “Future Fuehrer” in Chapter 

9 .) 

Notice what Daniel says about this attack on Israel: “And at 
the time of the end the king of the south shall push at and 
attack him” (Daniel 11:40 Amplified). 

This immediately triggers another invasion of Israel by 
Russia who is here called “the king of the north.” 


The movement of Russia and its northern confederacy 
through “the land bridge of the Middle-East” into Egypt 
serves an ominous warning to Egypt. Speaking of the Rus- 
sian invader, Daniel prophesies: “He shall stretch forth his 
hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall 
not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of 
gold and of silver, and over all die precious things of Egypt; 
and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” 
(Daniel 11:42, 43 KJV). 

As we saw in the last chapter, the Hebrew words “Cush” 
and “Put.” which are translated Ethiopia and Libya, repre- 
sent the black Africans and African Arabs, respectively. 
Aside from the obvious evidence of a Russian double-cross 
of the Egyptians, this passage also indicates that the “black 
African” and “Arab-African” countries will be involved with 
Egypt and in line for Russian conquest as well. The state- 
ment, . . the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his (the 
Russian invader) steps,” indicates one of two things: they 
will be next in line for conquest, or they will submit totally 
to the Russian will and be assimilated into the northern con- 

This invasion of Cush and Put, along with Egypt, and their 
fall together is mentioned more specifically by the prophet 
Ezekiel: “And a sword shall come upon Egypt, and anguish 
shall be in Ethiopia (Cush), when the slain fall in Egypt, 
and her wealth is carried away, and her foundations are 
torn down. 

Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all Arabia, and Libya, 
and the people of the land that is in league shall fall with 
them by the sword” (Ezekiel 30:4, 5). 

This prophecy, in the first nine verses of Ezekiei 30, re- 
fers to the judgment of Egypt and her allies during the Trib- 
ulation, The phrases, “. . . the day of the Lord” and . . 
a time of doom of nations” places it in the time just prior to 
the second coming of Christ. For you students of the Bible, 
we must add that the latter part of the chapter looks at the 
time when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Egypt and her allies, 
but its greater fulfillment is future. 


Are you discovering more pieces of this stirring prophetic 
puzzle? The Egyptian plan to unite the Arabs and the black 
Africans into a “third world force” seems to be ful filling 
what the prophets have said. 

Grace Goes to Egypt 

After viewing such a bleak picture of the future for Egypt 
and its confederacy of nations it may seem as though God 
has written them off. The truth of the matter is, however, 
quite the contrary. 

Isaiah, reliable prophet that he is, reveals that one of the 
purposes for the judgment of Egypt is to drive its people from 
faith in false messiahs and “religion” to faith in the one true 

Isaiah warns of a terrible judgment which would fall on 
Egypt in the last days. He speaks of Egypt’s very life source 
being judged: “And the waters of the Nile will be dried up, 
and the river will be parched and dry; and its canals will be- 
come foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish 
and dry up" (Isaiah 19:5, 6). 

If you think the famous Aswan Dam, which diverts the 
main channel of the Nile River, will help the Egyptian situa- 
tion, you’re mistaken. Somehow the headwaters of the Nile 
will be diverted and that important river will be a parched 
piece of real estate. Imagine the terrifying implications of this 
to an Egyptian! 

Isaiah warns of a powerful dictator who will invade and 
take them over: "... I will give over the Egyptians into the 
hand of a hard master; and a fierce [merciless] king will 
rule over them” (Isaiah 19:4 RSV). This refers to the Anti- 
christ of Rome who will possess Egypt after Russia is de- 

All of these things will happen to the Egyptians until many 
cry out to the true Savior, Jesus. Isaiah says, “. . . when 
they cry to the Lord because of oppressors he will send them 
a savior, and will defend and deliver them” (Isaiah 19:20). 

What a great demonstration of God’s loving heart! Often 


men won’t see their need of God until He so shakes up their 
world that they are helpless to cope with life without Him. 
It’s only then that they turn to trust in God’s provision for 
their shortcomings. Then they discover that Jesus Christ has 
so paid the penalty for their sins that God can offer a totally 
free gift of forgiveness and accept them into His eternal fam- 

A Lesson From Egypt 

As you read this book you may have reached the point 
where you recognize your inability to live in a way that 
would cause God to accept you. If this is the case, you may 
speak to God right now and accept the gift of Christ’s for- 
giveness. It’s so simple. Ask Christ to come into your life 
and make your life pleasing to God by His power. 

We have found the results to be certain and exciting in 
our own lives. 

Putting It Together 

We have seen how current events are fitting together si- 
multaneously into the precise pattern of predicted events. Is- 
rael has returned to Palestine and revived the nation. Jeru- 
salem is under Israeli control. Russia has emerged as a great 
northern power and is the avowed enemy of revived Israel. 
The Arabs are joining in a concerted effort to liberate Pales- 
tine under Egyptian leadership. The black African nations 
are beginning to move from sympathy toward the Arabs to 
an open alliance in their “liberation” cause. 

It’s happening. God is putting it all together. God may 
have His meaning for the “now generation” which will have 
a greater effect on mankind than anything since Genesis 1. 

Will you be ready if we are to be a part of the prophetic 
“now generation”? 


. « . the great river , the Euphrates . . . was dried up, that the 
way might be prepared far the kings of the east . . . 

And they gathered them together in the place 
which in Hebrew fs called Har-Magedon. 

REVELATION 16:12, 16 {NAS&J 



'The kings of the East” in Biblical prophecy refers to an- 
other sphere of power which was to arise in the world at the 
same time as the great Northern Power (Russia) and the 
King of the South (Egypt and the Afro-Arabic alliance). 

The original Greek words translated “east” (Revelation 16: 
12) are literally anatoles heliou , which mean, “the rising of 
the sun." This was the ancient designation of the Oriental 
races and nations. John describes this vast horde of soldiers 
assembled at the Euphrates River as “the kings of the sun 
rising” and thus definitely predicts the movement of a vast 
Oriental army into a war in the Middle East. 

The mention of the Euphrates River brings out another 
important strategic clue about this Eastern confederacy. This 
great river has figured prominently in military history 
throughout the ages. It was always recognized as the ancient 
boundary between east and west. In the late nineteenth cen- 
tury a scholar said of this fact: “From time immemorial the 


Euphrates, with its tributaries,, has been a great and formid- 
able boundary between the peoples east of it and those west 
of it. It runs a distance of 1800 miles, and Is scarcely ford- 
able anywhere or at any time. It is from three to twelve hun- 
dred yards wide, and from ten to thirty feet in depth; and 
most of the time it is still deeper and wider.” 1 This clue 
shows that this power is Oriental, since it comes from east of 
the Euphrates. 

The Euphrates has presented a formidable problem for the 
corps of engineers of many ancient armies of the past. In 
this future invasion, however, God Himself will see to it that 
the river is dried up so that a trap is set for triggering the 
last great war of mankind. 

Another important detail involving this Oriental army is 
unlocked by the clue involving the Euphrates. The apostle 
John speaks of the release of four vicious, depraved angelic 
beings which have been kept bound by God at the Euphrates 
River (Revelation 9:14-16), Immediately after their release 
an incredible army emerges from the Euphrates ... it num- 
bers “200 million” (Revelation 9:16). The four demonic 
spirit-beings somehow incite this great army to invade the 
Middle East and apparently they are the ones who make the 
river dry up so that the army can quickly cross this ancient 
barrier of east and west, 

A terrifying prophecy is made about the destiny of this Asian 
horde. They will wipe out a third of the earth's population 
(Revelation 9:18). The phenomena by which this destruc- 
tion of life will take place is given: it will be by fire, smoke 
(or air pollution), and brimstone (or melted earth). The 
thought may have occurred to you that this is strikingly sim- 
ilar to the phenomena associated with thermonuclear war- 
fare. In fact, many Bible expositors believe that this is an 
accurate first-century description of a twentieth-century ther- 
monuclear war. 

Another Coincidence? 

These predictions, made near the end of the first century, 
concerned an Asian confederacy which would field the great- 


est army ever to march to battle. This army would be raised 
up just prior to Christ’s return to the earth. 

For centuries Asia has had a tradition of backwardness. 
Though the peoples of Asia have always been numerous in 
population, they lagged behind the West in education, sci- 
ence and technology. For hundreds of years Asia chose to 
remain isolated from the world; then that isolation was 

Japan was the first Asian nation to push out into the stream 
of modern science; it was the first Asian nation in centuries 
to set out on a course of conquest beyond the Orient. But 
Japan never truly got outside of the Asian boundaries. 

The Japanese navy almost brought a great invasion force 
into the Middle East during World War II. A convoy set 
sail for the Red Sea to enter the African and Palestinian cam- 
paign and break the Allied resistance there. Nothing could 
have stopped them. They would have defeated the British 
who were already extended by Field Marshall Rommel’s 
Afrika Corps. 

The British navy had only a handful of ships in the In- 
dian Ocean and they were quickly ordered to flee to Mada- 
gascar to avert suicide. Had the Japanese continued as 
originally planned, World War II could have had a different 

It was at this point that a strange thing happened. Ad- 
miral Yamamoto, for some unexplainable reason, changed 
the order, and had the task force turn around in the Indian 
Ocean and head for the West Coast of the United States. 
We believe this must have been divine providence. 

The intention of this task force was miraculously discov- 
ered when some sailors of the U.S. Navy intercepted their 
radio messages and broke the code. The battle that ensued 
was really the turning point of the war. With a handful of 
B-I7 bombers and a vastly outnumbered task force, the U.S. 
Navy turned back the Japanese at the Battle of the Coral 

Japan went on to be defeated and her dreams of world 
conquest have been put away. 


However, the churning of upheaval was taking place in 
the Orient. 

The Dragon Is Awake 

With the Communist takeover of China, the real sleep- 
ing giant of Asia was awakened. In about 1860 an astute 
student of prophecy, Dr. Robinson, predicted: “Before an- 
other half century shall have rolled away in the providence 
of God there will be seen revolutions in the Oriental mind of 
which no one has even a foreboding.” 2 

Dr. Cumming in 1864 also foresaw the necessity of the 
Orient entering the industrial age and later becoming a great 
scourge to the Western civilization. 3 

In the twenty odd years since the fall of China to the Com- 
munists there has been a steady relentless preparation for all- 
out war with the free world. Though the living conditions 
of the eight hundred million or more people of Red China 
are still basically like the nineteenth century, they have made 
remarkable progress in the production of weapons for war. 

Concerning Red China's potential and purpose, Victor Pe- 
trov said in 1967, “China does possess all the prerequisites 
for being or beco min g a world power. Communist China’s 
economic growth is evident and has been on the rise. With 
or without Soviet help, she will be progressing toward her 
avowed goal of reaching the industrial level of the other ma- 
jor powers of the world ... a giant, for decades half-asleep, 
sheepishly watching the rest of the world go by on the path 
of technological progress. This giant has apparently been 
awakened.” 4 

Red China is definitely on the road to becoming a world 
power, but her design for the use of this stature is not 
peace. Within one year after the take-over of China her Com- 
munist leaders started the war in Korea. They have since 
fomented the war in Viet Nam and have traveled to several 
countries in Africa and the Middle East seeking to aggravate 
internal subversion and “Communist wars of liberation.” 

The vaunted Sino-Soviet split is over an interpretation of 
Communist doctrine. The Chinese insist that the world 


can be captured only by force of arms and violence: the 
Russians now believe that the free world can be captured 
by the relatively limited violence of internal subversion . . . 
while masquerading under the guise of “peaceful coexis- 
tence." It should be marked well, however, that neither have 
disembarked from their goal of total world conquest for 
Communism. This is an integral part of the Communist 
doctrine. Without the total destruction of the capitalist sys- 
tem the basic promise and goal of Communism could not be 
attained, that is, the changing of man’s nature by the com- 
plete change of his environment. According to the Com- 
munists, as long as capitalism exists in the world it continues 
to infect man’s environment and prevents him from being a 
creature that loves to work, shares equally his wealth, and 
loves his fellow man. 

The great charge of the Red Chinese against the Russians 
is the most despicable word in the Communists’ vocabu- 
lary — “revisionist.” They believe that the Russians have 
“revised” the most fundamental principle of Marxist-Len- 
inism. Lenin succinctly stated this principle. “Marxists have 
never forgotten that violence will be an inevitable accom- 
paniment of the collapse of capitalism. . . .” 5 

Mao Tse-tung summarized his interpretation of this prin- 
ciple when he said, “Political power comes out of the barrel 
of a gun , . , the gun must never slip from the grasp of 
the Communist party." 8 

The basic difference can be described as “external invasion 
and takeover" versus “internal subversion and takeover." 

Because of the Communist Chinese belief that the free 
world can only be overthrown by all-out war, they have for 
many years devoted approximately ten per cent of their en- 
tire military budget for developing nuclear weapons. In the 
February, 1969, issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 
which was on the theme of “China’s Nuclear Options,” spe- 
cial note was made of the fantastic technological feat achieved 
by China’s development of the H-Bomb. They went from 
the testing of a crude atomic bomb to the successful test 
firing of an H-bomb in two and one half years. This was 


much faster than the time taken by the other members of 
the world’s Atomic Bomb Club. 

In the same issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 
Michael Yahuda discussed the various options which the 
Red Chinese have for a delivery system for H-bombs. He 
expressed the following opinion : “The third option — an 
ICBM based strategy — would be the most satisfying psy- 
chologically to the present Chinese leadership and to Mao in 
particular. At one fell stroke, the Chinese would have ac- 
quired the most advanced weapon . . . The American main- 
land would be within range as indeed would the Urals and 
European Russia. Current, although incomplete, evidence sug- 
gests that the Chinese are striving for an ICBM capability.” 7 

Yahuda’s speculation is certainly shared by the military 
planners. This was undoubtedly the prime motivation be- 
hind the Nixon administration’s push for an anti-ballistic mis- 
sile system. 

Dr. David Inglis wrote in the February, 1965. Bulletin of 
Atomic Scientists regarding this threat, “Our concern should 
anticipate at least two decades ahead. In such a time the 
large human and material potential of an upsurging China 
constitutes a nuclear threat so vast that no effort should be 
spared to anticipate this threat.” 8 This was written before 
China's successful testing of the H-bomb. 

Mao may be dead before this is read, but the course of 
China’s path of destruction will continue. The new leaders 
of Communist China may be more unstable than Mao. 

We believe that China is the beginning of the formation of 
this great power called “the kings of the east” by the apostle 
John. We live at a time in history when it is no longer in- 
credible to think of the Orient with an army of 200 million 
soldiers. In fact, a recent television documentary on Red 
China, called “The Voice of the Dragon,” quoted the boast 
of the Chinese themselves that they could field a “people’s 
army” of 200 million militiamen. In their own boast they 
named the same number as the Biblical prediction. Coinci- 

Furthermore, the Chinese leaders claim that even nuclear 


weapons cannot stop their human wave tactics. They brag 
about the invincibility of the unbelievable numbers of sol- 
diers they can expend in a given campaign. This “human 
wave” tactic seems to be behind the strategy of that 200 
million man army predicted as invading the Middle East in 
the battle of Armageddon. Petrov says regarding this, “The 
abundant population presents an unlimited source of human 
material for military power, which in our age of machinery 
and automation has not yet been found obsolete. China's 
armed forces are formidable in numbers . . . that day appar- 
ently is approaching when China will definitely become a 
member of that small but exclusive group commonly known 
as the Great World Powers.” 9 

The sobering fact that Red China will have ICBM’s capa- 
ble of delivering H-bombs by 1980 at the latest, presents an- 
other grisly potential for fulfilling prophecy regarding this 
Oriental power. Within a decade China alone will have the 
capacity to destroy one-third of the world's population just 
as John predicted. 

Summing Up 

We believe that another sphere of political power is form- 
ing its predicted role in the final stages of history. Along 
with the revival of Israel and the return of the dispersed Jews, 
the rise of Russia, the formation of the Arab confederacy, 
China is helping to shape the Orient into its pattern of proph- 

History seems to be headed for its climactic hour. 


Venlf vidi f vhi . 

CAESAR, 47 B.t. 


When Caesar sent his memorable dispatch, “I came, I saw, I 
conquered,” the scribes of his day might have said, “We 
shall record these historic words immediately. Perhaps Latin 
students centuries from now will be required to memorize 

Students who have struggled through Latin declensions 
and waded with Caesar through campaigns in Gaul know his 
famous words well. Certainly many other men have ex- 
pressed themselves more eloquently. But there haven't been 
many men through the centuries who have had the power of 
Julius Caesar, 

But Rome fell. And Caesar died as any mortal must. And 
the mighty Roman empire of the ancient world lost its 

However, the prophetic Scriptures tell us that the Roman 
Empire will be revived shortly before the return of Christ to 
this earth. A new Caesar will head this empire and “Veoi 
vidi, vici” will leap out of the first-year Latin books and be- 
come a reality of the times. 

Twenty years ago no one would have dared to believe 


that Rome as an empire would be put back together. And 
yet we are seeing significant movements of nations today 
which are indications that this is what is happening. 

As world events develop, prophecy becomes more and more 
exciting. Also, the understanding of God’s prophecies be- 
comes increasingly clear as we look at the Bible and then at 
the current scene. 

We are told in Daniel 12 how prophecy “will not be under- 
stood until the end times, when travel and education shall 
be vastly increased.” 

We are told that “Surely the Lord God will do nothing 
without revealing His secret to His Servants the prophets” 
(Amos 3:7 Amplified). 

In other words, when God is going to undertake some sig- 
nificant movement of history as far as His program is con- 
cerned, He will reveal it first. This writer doesn’t believe that 
we have prophets today who are getting direct revelations 
from God, but we do have prophets today who are being 
given special insight into the prophetic word. God is opening 
the book of the prophets to many men. This is one reason 
you will find on Christian bookshelves an increasing number 
of books on the subject of Bible prophecy. 

All Roads Lead To . . . 

Where in prophecy do we find a prediction about the re- 
vival of Rome? First we shall examine the great prophet, 
Daniel. Chapter 7 of Daniel w r as written sometime in the 
early sixth century B.c., at a time when Babylon was still the 
ruling empire of the world. In the first part of this chapter 
the prophet Daniel was shown the successive empires which 
would come on the stage of history and have authority over 
the whole earth. A vision of these empires was also de- 
scribed in Daniel 2. The key to these empires is given in 
Daniel 2:39 where he predicts the successive empires which 
shall “bear rule” (literally meaning, shall have authority) 
over all the earth. 


First of all, there was Babylon. “You (king of Babylon) 
are the head of gold.” 

Then the prophet tells us what kingdoms will rise to power 
after Babylon. 

“And after you shall arise another kingdom [the Media- 
Persian], inferior to and earthward from you, and still a 
third kingdom of bronze [Greece under Alexander the 
Great], which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the 
fourth kingdom [Rome] shall be strong as iron, since iron 
breaks to pieces and subdues all things; and like iron which 
crushes, it shall break and crush all these” (Daniel 2:39, 40 
Amplified) . 

These kingdoms would conquer everything that was worth 
conquering on the know-n earth of that time. 

The Greatest Chapter in the Old Testament 

The seventh chapter of Daniel, written before the coming 
of Jesus of Nazareth, w r as known by the scribes as the great- 
est chapter in the Old Testament. Jesus and His apostles 
referred to it directly or indirectly many times. Many of the 
predictions from Daniel's dream have been clear in their his- 
toric perspective for centuries. However, certain parts have 
remained obscure until recent times. 

Daniel had a dream, and in this dream he saw r four great 
beasts come up out of the sea. The first beast was like a lion, 
but had eagle’s wings. The second beast was like a bear; 
the third beast was like a leopard, but had four heads. The 
fourth animal was “dreadful and terrible” — it had iron teeth 
and ten horns. 

If you were an interpreter of dreams, how would you feel 
if you had a nightmare like Daniel’s? Probably you can 
sympathize with the prophet when he said he was confused 
and disturbed. But we do not need to be confused by the 
outward complexity of these descriptions. Daniel had it ex- 
plained to him by the angels who were the official interpreters 
of this vision. “These great beasts, which are four, are four 
kings, which shall arise out of the earth” (Daniel 7:17 KJV), 


The Four Kingdoms 

The first kingdom was Babylon, which became a world 
empire in 606 b.c. when it conquered Egypt. Nebuchad- 
nezzar took over the Babylonian empire upon his father’s 
death and made it a world kingdom. 

The second kingdom, which was like a bear, was the Media- 
Persian empire (Daniel 8:20). The Babylonian empire was 
conquered by the Medes and Persians about 530 B.c. when 
they ingeniously built the dam in the Euphrates River. 

For a time the Media-Persian empire was great. The first 
two kings became believers in the God of Israel. But Daniel 
predicted long before the Greeks grew in power, when their 
future leaders were obscure Macedonian hillbillies, that they 
would become strong and defeat the Media-Persian empire. 
And so they did. In 331 b.c. Alexander the Great con- 
quered the Persian empire and took it over. The third em- 
pire, according to prophecy, became a reality in history. 

As predicted in Daniel 8, the Greek empire disintegrated 
when the first king died prematurely. It was also predicted 
that four powers from within would divide the empire. And 
so it happened. Four generals of Alexander the Great took 
over the empire and divided it into four parts — they lasted 
until about 68 B.c. when the Romans conquered the last 
part of the ancient Greek empire. It was then that Rome 
became the greatest world power to that date. 

If you are a careful Bible student you know the common 
sport in the classroom today, especially in courses called 
“The Bible as Literature,” or something similar. Teachers 
love to tear the Book of Daniel apart — they especially like 
to late-date it. Some liberal professors claim that it was 
written in 165 B.c., in order to discredit the supernatural 
element of prophecy. However, the authenticity of Daniel 
and its early date has been carefully defended by such schol- 
ars as Dr. Merril F. Unger, 1 Dr. E. J. Young, 2 and Sir Robert 
Anderson. 3 

Focus on the Fourth Kingdom 

The fourth kingdom, Rome, was not given the name of 


any animal, but it would be a beast unlike any other — 
more ferocious than all the rest. “Then I would know the 
truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the 
others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his 
nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped 
the residue with his feet” (Daniel 7:19 KJV), 

This verse speaks of the first phase of this fourth kingdom. 
In phase 1 this kingdom gains world authority (as Rome 
did), and then disappears to merge again just before Christ 
returns to establish the Kingdom of God. 

Rome: Phase 2 

In phase two of the fourth kingdom, Rome, the kingdom 
will be in the form of a ten-nation confederacy. “And of 
the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which 
came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that 
had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose 
look was more stout than his fellows” (Daniel 7:20 KJV). 

The meaning of these symbols will become clearer as we 
continue in Daniel, To the uninitiated these Biblical pictures 
may seem to resemble the famous Dr. Seuss animals. How- 
ever, Biblical symbolism is established in historical fact, 
Daniel continues with his vision: “I beheld, and the same 
horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to 
the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints 
possessed the kingdom” (Daniel 7:21, 22 KJV). 

The “Ancient of Days” who is described here is identified 
in Daniel 7:13 as “one like the Son of Man” brought on the 
clouds of heaven — the One who will put down all human 
authority and establish His kingdom forever. 

There is a cohesiveness to the Scriptures that is fascinat- 
ing. Jesus knew the prophecies of His coming. When He 
was on trial before the Sanhedrin, which was the Jewish high 
court, He was put under oath by the high priest to tell who 
He really was. He was asked directly, “Are you the Son of 
God?” Jesus answered, “I am,” He also said, “Ye shall see 


the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and com- 
ing in the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62-64 KJV). 

Jesus was referring to this verse in Daniel 7:13 and every- 
one in that court of law knew what He was talking about. 
The high priests knew the prophets and their writings. They 
were furious with Jesus and proclaimed Him a blasphemer 
because He was claiming to be the “Ancient of days” who 
was coming to set up God’s kingdom on earth. 

To continue with the second phase of the Roman empire, 
the Scripture says that the ten horns which were just de- 
scribed are ten kings, or ten nations: “And the ten horns out 
of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another 
shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, 
and he shall subdue three kings” (Daniel 7:24 KJV). 

When the Scripture says “out of” it means the ten nations 
(ten kings) which will come out of Rome, since Rome was 
the fourth kingdom. But who is “another”? This is the beast, 
the Antichrist. 

After these ten nations arise out of the cultural inheritance 
of the Ancient Roman Empire, another king shall rise “di- 
verse from the first.” In other words, he will be different. 
He will not only be a political leader, but a religious leader. 
(We shall see this in the next two chapters.) When he comes 
to power, he will subdue three of these kings or nations. 
Seven of them, however, will give him authority willingly. 

. . . Couldn’t Put Rome Together Again 

The Roman influence upon the world is so extensive that 
it touches Western civilization in every aspect of life. From 
absorbing epics like Ben Hur to the Roman candle we shoot 
on the Fourth of July, we are saturated with the glory' that 
was Rome. However, Rome disintegrated from within; un- 
fortunately, there is in America the same trend in moral de- 
cay that led to the downfall of Rome. 

Jt is interesting to see in history how men have attempted 
to put together the old Roman Empire. Charlemagne tried 
to do this in a.d. 800. His “Roman Empire” included what 


are now the countries of France, Germany, Italy, Holland 
and Belgium. Charlemagne was crowned by the Pope as 
Emperor Charles Augustus. But his empire was not the ten- 
nation confederacy of the Scriptures. 

Napoleon tried his strutting best to establish his own Ro- 
man Empire. Another Pope, Pius VII, made a tedious trip 
across the Alps to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris to place 
an imperial crown on Napoleon, but the new little Caesar 
snatched the crown from the Pope and put it on himself. 
His empire was not the revived Roman Empire, either. 

And then there was Hitler. Does anyone doubt that he 
attempted to put Rome together again? He said his Third 
Reich would last a thousand years. God had other plans and 
Hitler lost. 

In spite of the vain striving of man, of the bold and in- 
famous conquerors throughout the ages who failed in their 
human attempts, we are beginning to see the Ancient Roman 
Empire draw together, just as predicted. 

If you are racing for your Rand McNally, please spare 
yourselves the exertion. We are not speaking of a revived 
Roman Empire in the physical, geographical sense, although 
some of these countries were part of the Ancient Roman 
Empire, but we are speaking of those countries which are 
the depository of the people, the culture, and tradition of 

United We . . . Must 

If the formation of the European Common Market were 
an isolated development in the line of Biblical prophecy, 
then it would have no significance for our study. However, 
combined with the other pieces of the prophetic puzzle which 
we are attempting to develop for you, it takes on immense 

We believe that the Common Market and the trend to- 
ward unification of Europe may well be the beginning of the 
ten-nation confederacy predicted by Daniel and the Book 
of Revelation. 

What particular forces are contributing to the evolvement 

of this federation that the conquerors of history could not 

First, there is the threat of Communism. One of the great 
motivating factors in forming this econo m ic community and 
NATO was the concern over a common enemy. An article 
about “Mister Europe at Eighty,” quotes Jean Monnet, called 
the father of the Common Market, as saying, “As long as 
Europe remains divided, it is no match for the Soviet Union. 
Europe must unite.” 4 

The second reason for the formation of the European Com- 
mon Market was the economic threat of the United States. 
Europeans realized they could not survive the industrial 
might of the United States. A charismatic personality on the 
present-day scene is Jean- Jacques Servan-Schreiber, newspa- 
per editor and author of The American Challenge, a book 
which has received great acclaim throughout Europe. Some 
have said that the handsome Frenchman is pushing hard 
for a United States of Europe because he wants to become its 
first president. Whether this is true or not we would not ven- 
ture to guess. However, it does seem that he is “furiously 
trying to push a U.S. of Europe,” as one writer expressed it. 

Servan-Schreiber is quoted as saying that “a successful re- 
sponse to American technology, organization, and research 
demands a united European effort.” 5 

The third reason this writer feels Europe will form this 
ten-nation confederacy is that Europeans sense the basic 
weakness of the United States in its will to resist Commu- 
nism. They seem to realize that if Europe were really at 
stake the U.S. would be dragging its feet in reacting against 
a Russian invasion. As an American it is difficult to write 
these words, but Europe does not feel that it can count on us 
in a real showdown. 

A fourth factor is that according to the prophetic outlook 
the United States will cease being the leader of the West and 
will probably become in some way a part of the new Euro- 
pean sphere of power. 

Sheath your weapons, please. We realize that the United 
States is not mentioned in the Bible. However, it is certain 


that the leadership of the West must shift to Rome, in its re- 
vived form, and if the U.S. is still around at that time, it 
will not be the power it now is. 

In spite of many who propose alternatives to a United 
States of Europe, and the temporary setbacks it appears to 
have, it seems that the trend is ever onward. An American 
business magazine said, “Despite its tendency to hang dan- 
gerously over cliffs, the Common Market is here to stay.” 6 
A fifth factor in the trend toward the ten-nation confed- 
eracy is the realization of the great potential of a United 
Europe. Many men have been preaching this, not just Ser- 
van-Schreiber. A few years ago the French foreign minister 
said that the Common Market will carry with its network of 
interests and involvements across the world such weight that 
it will eventually become a world system. 

Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk said, “Powerful 
forces are moving in the European community toward politi- 
cal integration as well. Survival and growth force the na- 
tions of Europe to forget their historic antagonisms and unite. 
Through the pooling of the resources and efforts a mighty 
new entity is growing out of the chaos left by national ri- 
valries and world wars.’’ 7 

A friend who lives in Germany sent us this translated state- 
ment of Dr. Walter Hallstein, who was formerly the president 
of the European Economic Community. Our correspondent, 
knowing our interest in Bible prophecy, thought there was 
significance in Hallstein’s words. We’ll let you judge. 

“Three phases of the European unification are to be noted. 
First, the customs union, second, the economic union, third, 
the political union . . . what we have created on the way to 
uniting Europe is a mighty economic-political union of which 
nothing may be sacrificed for any reason. Its value exists not 
only in what it is, but more in what it promises to become 
... At about 1980 we may fully expect the great fusion of 
all economic, military, and political communities together into 
the United States of Europe.” 

Hallstein cited 1980. The timetable may be accelerating. 
Developments in Europe have changed so rapidly that an 


American news magazine had a feature headed “Europe’s 
Dreams of Unity Revive.” 

One sentence in that story leaped from the page: “Should 
all go according to the most optimistic schedules, the Com- 
mon Market could someday expand into a ten-nation econ- 
omic entity whose industrial might would far surpass that of 
the Soviet Union.” 0 

Imagine that. A “ten-nation economic entity.” 

Is it any wonder that men who have studied prophecy for 
many years believe that the basic beginning of the unifica- 
tion of Europe has begun? 

What Else Is New? 

At the time that this Roman Empire will begin to be re- 
vived there will also be a revival of mystery Babylon, If 
this sounds rather spooky, bring your head out from under 
the skeptical covers and examine with us in a later chapter 
the Biblical basis and the current applications. 

Heading the revived Roman Empire will be a man of such 
magnetism, such power, and such influence, that he will for 
a time be the greatest dictator the world has ever known. 
He will be the completely godless, diabolically evil “future 


The spirit that / have seen may be a devil; and the 
devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape. 



A dictator? Who is a dictator? What makes a dictator? A 
dictator is a person with absolute authority, a person who 
has power over people. Does he appear suddenly on the 
scene and say, “Stop this outmoded democratic process, I 
am your leader now”? That isn’t the way it happens. 

A dictator does not thrust his rule upon people from the 
top down, without provocation. His tyranny is the end re- 
sult of chaos in the society that results in his rise to despotic 
power. The dictionary describes him as a person who seizes 
the authority over a nation as the result of an emergency. 

The chicken and egg principle does not apply here. A 
troubled society produces the atmosphere for the rise of a 
dictator, it is not the dictator who initiates the conditions 
which account for his rise. However, once established as the 
“Big Cheese,” history has shown that the dictator cannot 
find lasting solutions to the problems. 

The power-mad leader of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, 
would not have achieved his terrifying control over the lives 
of millions if the times had not been ripe for him. In the 


1930’s the German people were in despair. Economic depres- 
sion was shaking the foundations of industry. Millions were 
out of work. Small business enterprises were collapsing. It 
was a desperate time, with desperate people looking for a 
way out. Hitler, with his evil genius, knew the mood of 
the German people. He saw the opportunity to pursue his 
Putsch in precisely the era that history demanded. 

Hitler saw himself as a hero, a savior, a strong man 
needed by weak underlings — a “great leader” who could 
guide the Germans to heights of glory, according to his stan- 
dards, He believed he was above the moral standards of 
ordinary man. Consequently, he surrounded himself with 
shady characters of every type. As long as they were useful 
to him this motley bunch of criminals and sadists were part 
of the ruling strength of Hitler’s inner circle. 

When in Rome 

Hitler took the name for his empire from the all-powerful 
First Reich, which was the Holy Roman Empire, It was in 
Rome that the Caesars introduced universal Caesar worship. 
Their dictatorial powers, also, were absolute, 

A Scottish Bible scholar has written: “The extraordinary 
fact is that emperor worship was not imposed on the Roman 
Empire from above; it grew from below.” 1 

Shades of Hitler. 

However, there were differences between Hitler-allegiance 
and emperor worship. Hitler’s rise to power was rapid in 
comparison. Emperor worship was a gradual development 
which grew out of the gratitude of the provincials for what 
Rome had done for them. When Rome took over a coun- 
try and unpredictable tyrants were booted out, Roman jus- 
tice was established. The Roman peace, Pax Romana, was 
unlike anything the world had seen and people were deeply 

It was not enough for the populace to appreciate Rome, 
This was an impersonal thing. The spirit of Rome needed to 


be personalized; the emperor of Rome began to be regarded 
as divine* 

Before Christ was born, Caesar was worshiped, 

“The first temple to be erected to the godhead of the em- 
peror was built in Pergamum in 29 b.c. Caesar worship had 
begun.” 2 

Can you imagine what happened in Rome? The empire 
was vast, it had many races and languages. It needed a uni- 
fying principle and “religion” can be a very unifying influ- 
ence. Soon every Roman citizen was compelled to bum a 
pinch of incense and say, “Caesar is Lord.” 

Is it any wonder that Caesar worship ran head on into 
Christianity? When the Christians refused to call Caesar their 
lord, they were subjected to inhumane persecution. The gi- 
gantic movie epics showing the lions in the arena with the 
Christians and the public killings for the gory amusement of 
the Roman pagan leaders are not conjured from the imagi- 
nations of Hollywood producers. 

There are many seeds which are planted in the breeding 
ground for dictators; anarchy, lawlessness, moral decadence, 
human desperation, and false hero worship fertilize the fields 
that produce despots. All the gold carat and two-bit dema- 
gogues of history grew r out of the soil of the times. 

Where Do We Fit In? 

Are we living in a peaceful, placid era when people enjoy 
an environment free of tensions? Ridiculous question to 
ask, isn’t it? But when we slow down our daily lives long 
enough to take a hard, realistic look at the generation we live 
in, it's a real shocker. 

There are many shoulder-shruggers who say, “Always been 
crime and wars — always will be — why get all hot and both- 
ered about what’s going on today?” 

A short time ago we saw a graph in a newsmagazine 
which indicated the climb in serious crimes in the United 
States from 1960 to 1968. If you had been an ant on that 
page you would have had a very steep stairway to climb each 


one of those eight years. While the number of crimes in 
America was increasing 122 per cent, the population rose 
only 1 1 per cent. 3 

Many people have stopped talking about the “crime rate/* 
They now refer to the “crime epidemic 

Crime is waged on a grand scale by nations. Since World 
War II the world has been embroiled in conflict that seems 
to grow increasingly vicious. There has been a rebirth of 
guerrilla warfare; revolutions and revolutionary movements 
are becoming a way of life during this latter part of the 
twentieth century. 

War and more war. Has there ever been a time when the 
potential for self-destruction was as great as it is today? 

Another Boom 

Some people feel that the concern about the population 
explosion is exaggerated. They point out that the marvelous 
technological advances of science will overcome the bur- 
geoning boom in human beings on this earth. 

They may be right. However, many experts w r ho have stud- 
ied and evaluated the population growth have arrived at sta- 
tistics and conclusions which are rather awesome, to say the 
least. A 1969 report from the United Nations national policy 
panel on world population claimed that the population crisis 
is the world’s concern and that it is as important as peace it- 
self. This report projects the w r orld population will reach 7.5 
billion by the year 2000. Since the number of human beings 
on earth in 1968 was 3.4 billion, we see that if the estimate 
is correct, there will be more than twice as many people in 
the world thirty years from now. 

This same report said “high fertility and high rates of 
population” contribute to pollution, congestion, urban sprawl, 
and a host of psychological ailments in developed countries 
and might mean widespread famine, increased illiteracy, un- 
employment, squalor, and unrest threatening the foundations 
of public order in developing countries. 4 

Chairman of the Genetics Department at Ohio State Uni- 


versity, J. Bruce Griffing, is quoted as saying that “Unless 
mankind acts immediately, there will be a worldwide famine 
in 1985, and the extinction of man within 75 years,” 5 

We may not think this will affect us personally, but in 
1967 Dr. Stanley F. Yolles, director of the National Institute 
of Mental Health, said: 

“Population movement and the increased pressures of a 
speeded-up society' undoubtedly are causing an increasing 
amount of emotional disturbance. Between 1960 and 1965 
the number of U.S. psychiatrists, psychologists, and other 
mental health workers rose forty-four per cent. Youngsters 
are being admitted to mental hospitals in numbers seven 
times their share of the total population. Many of those left 
on the outside proclaim loudly their 'alienation from soci- 
ety, 7 

If we complain about not being able to find “breathing 
space/' or resent being squeezed into an impersonal com- 
puterized society, imagine what it might be like thirty years 
from now, if we’re still around! 

Men who are studying population biology, such as Paul 
Ehrlich, professor at Stanford University and expert in this 
field, are inclined to be doomsters because of the research 
they have done. Ehrlich, for instance, says: “Mankind may 
be facing its final crisis. No action that we can take at this 
late date can prevent a great deal of future misery from star- 
vation and environmental deterioration/’ 7 

All Systems Go 

It doesn’t take a “religious” person to discern the fact that 
what is happening is setting the world in the proper frame for 
a dictator. We see anarchy growing in every country. We 
see established standards of morality thrown aside for a hed- 
onistic brand w r hich is attractively labeled the “New Morality.” 
We see the super-weapons and the threats of atheistic leaders 
in world powers who would not hesitate to use those weapons 
if they would further their drive for conquest. 

A view seems to be creeping into the consciousness of 


concerned people that the problems and the tensions of the 
world need to be controlled by a “strong hand from some- 

Even Arnold Toynbee, the eminent historian, said on a ra- 
dio broadcast that “By forcing on mankind more and more 
lethal weapons, and at the same time making the world more 
and more interdependent economically* technology has 
brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are 
ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed 
in giving the world unity and peace,” 

Who Is the "Future Fuehrer"? 

The time is ripe and getting riper for the Great Dictator, 
the one we call the “Future Fuehrer” This is the one who 
is predicted in the Scriptures very clearly and called the 

The Bible gives a perfect biographical sketch of this fu- 
ture world leader. 

If you will follow this Scripture from Revelation, without 
being bothered by the figures of speech which are used, you 
will see that the Bible explains the meaning. 

“And he stood on the sand of the seashore. And I saw a 
beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven 
heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads 
were blasphemous names. 

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his 
feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth 
of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne 
and great authority” (Revelation 13:1, 2 NASB). 

You may be saying that this doesn’t sound like a human 
being to you, but just press on and follow carefully how the 
mystery unfolds. 

Revelation continues with this description : “And I saw one 
of his heads as if it had been slain. . . Mark carefully the 
“as if 1 in the phrase above. “. . , and his fatal wound was 
healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed af- 
ter the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he 


gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, 
saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war 
with him?* ” (Revelation 13:3, 4 NAS8). 

This person, the Antichrist, is called the “beast” because 
from God’s viewpoint that is exactly what he is. The passage 
is obviously talking about a person because the personal pro- 
noun “he” is used. He is also described as a person of great 

In the seventeenth chapter of Revelation we are given the 
meaning of this description of the beast coming out of the 
sea. Revelation 17:15 says: “And he said to me, ‘The waters 
which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multi- 
tudes and nations and tongues’ 55 (NASH). 

The “harlot” refers to the religious system which will be 
tied in with this dictator. This will be described in more de- 
tail in the next chapter. 

When it says that the beast will emerge out of the sea, it 
means that he will come out of the chaos of the nations. 

In the Old Testament, Isaiah speaks of the chaos of the na- 
tions that is to come and says there is no peace for the 
wicked . . . they are like the “troubled sea,” which is a sym- 
bolic picture of the Gentile nations (Isaiah 57:20, 21). 

Like a Leopard , a Bear f and a Lion 

“And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his 
feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth 
of a lion” (Revelation 13:2 NASB), 

To understand the meaning of this zoo which is described 
in Revelation, we go back to the predictive ministry of Daniel. 
As we studied in the previous chapter, Daniel describes his 
vision of four great beasts who come up out of the sea in 
succession. These beasts are the great Gentile empires w f hich 
would rule the world, Daniel described these kingdoms using 
figurative expressions of wild animals. 

Daniel 8 tells who the first, second, and third empires are; 
thus we can identify the animal figure by the order of the 
kingdoms. The first one of these empires which Daniel de- 


scribed was like a lion, which was the Babylonian empire. 
He said the second great kingdom was like a bear, which 
was the Media-Persian empire. The third kingdom would be 
like a leopard, and this was the Greek empire. 

Then Daniel said there would arise a fourth kingdom, 
which would take over what was left of the Greek empire. 
That was Rome. 

In Daniel 7:23, 24, Daniel predicts the fourth kingdom 
. . . and especially the person who would put it together. 
He says that the fourth kingdom (Rome) shall “devour the 
whole earth,” 

However, we saw in “Rome on the Revival Road" that 
there is a “phase 2” to the Roman Empire. Daniel says that 
out of the culture of the first Roman Empire ten kings shall 
arise, and another king after that who is different from the 
ten. This king is going to subdue three of the kings. 

In other words, when this Roman dictator comes, he is 
going to take over the ten-nation confederacy. Seven of the 
kings or leaders will willingly give him their allegiance, but 
three of them will not. So he will overthrow these three 

Now we are able to see how Scripture fits together. If 
you return to Revelation 13 and look again at verse one you 
will understand that the “ten horns” refer to this ten-nation 
confederacy and the “seven heads” are the seven leaders 
who form a coalition with the Antichrist, 

Der Fuehrer’s Personality Traits 

Some people have said that they turn to the Book of Reve- 
lation to find out how it will all end . . . and then can’t un- 
derstand a t hin g that is said. Now that we know, however, 
who the leopard, the bear, and the lion were, we should be- 
gin to see what Revelation 13:2 means. 

It is said here that the beast (the Roman dictator, the Fu- 
ture Fuehrer, or the Antichrist) will be like a leopard, a 
bear, and lion. A leopard is quick to seize his prey. The 
leopard was the Greek Empire. Alexander the Great, the 


Greek mili tary genius, was known for the speed with which 
he overcame his enemies. He was fearless and strong, a hu- 
man counterpart of the great leopard. Alexander was a 
world conqueror who led his armies to the outermost fringes 
of the known world of his time. 

“A bear” referred to the Media-Persian Empire, which was 
conquered by Alexander. This kingdom, similar to the ani- 
mal it exemplifies, was very strong and powerful. 

The lion (Babylon) is regal. The way he walks and holds 
his proud head has class, Babylon was an elegant monarchy. 
Its palaces were splendid and the famous “hanging gardens 
of Babylon” were considered one of the seven wonders 
of the world. 

Now we are beginning to see, little by little, the picture 
emerging of the Future Fuehrer. His conquest will be rapid, 
he will be very strong and powerful, and there will be an 
air about him which is self-assured and proud, 

It is important to note as we follow in Revelation 13 that 
“the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great 
authority” (verse 2b). 

Who is the dragon? 

If we turn back to Revelation 12:9 we are told who he is. 

It says, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the ser- 
pent of old who is called the Devil and Satan” (NASB). 

We read that the dragon is going to give the Antichrist 
his power. In other words, Satan himself is going to give 
him fantastic power. He is going to be able to work all kinds 
of miracles. This is one reason that Christians should not 
get too excited when they see a miracle. It may not be a 
miracle of God. Satan is a miracle-worker and he has been 
able to work miracles from the beginning. 

But there is going to be a time when Satan is allowed to 
work all kinds of supernatural acts through men. It is said 
that Satan is going to send this man, his masterpiece, with 
all sorts of signs and wonders and miracles (II Thessaloni- 
ans 2:9). 

The second thing that will be given this man is a throne. 
This means world government. This throne was offered to 


Jesus Christ, In Luke 4 it is told how Satan came to Christ 
during His temptation in the desert and offered Him all the 
authority and glory of the world. Satan said He could have 
all the kingdoms to rule, if He would fall down and worship 
him . There is only one man who could resist that kind of an 
offer, Satan offered Him a crown if He would by-pass the 
cross. But Jesus wouldn’t buy it. 

Now we are studying a man who will accept this throne 
wholeheartedly. He will be worshiped as Satan is worshiped, 
with forms of idolatry that we can only guess in our wildest 
leaps of imagination. 

All around the world today the increase in the mystic, 
occult, and even devil-worship is so pronounced that people 
are beginning to question what it’s all about. There are 
churches in some of the major cities of America which actu- 
ally incorporate into their “religious ceremonies” the worship 
of the devil. A newspaper report said, “Moving hand-in- 
hand with astrology in some cities is a rising interest in witch- 
craft and hypnosis. Courses in the art of the history of 
witchcraft have popped up at a few recognized colleges 
and at most ‘free universities’ (where students design the 
curricula.)” 8 

A university student told this writer that he knew of sev- 
eral people who had signed up for a college course on witch- 
craft believing that it was a “how to” course, and after dis- 
covering that it was more history than mystery, dropped out 
of the class. 

However, the Sat an- worship which will be initiated at the 
time of the world reign of the Future Fuehrer will make to- 
day’s antics of the cultists look like nursery school. 

A Mortal Head Wound 

We are told in Revelation 13:3 that this great world leader 
will have a fatal head wound which will be miraculously 
healed. Many people have not known just what to make of 
this statement. Some have thought that what this means is 
that one of the empires of the ancient Roman Empire would 


be miraculously revived and brought back to existence. That 
is one possible interpretation. However, I do not believe that 
is the right interpretation. Here is why, . , . 

Look for a moment at Revelation 13:14, This is speaking 
of the False Prophet, who will be an associate of the Great 
Roman Dictator. The verse says: “And he deceives those 
who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was 
given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling 
those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast 
who had the wound of the sword and has come to life’ 1 
(NASH) t 

Whoever this person is with this fatal wound will have a 
statue made of himself, and men are going to worship this 
idol. You do not make an idol of an empire. You make an 
idol of a person. 

The way in which this dictator is going to step onto the 
stage of history will be dramatic. Overnight he will become 
the byword of the world, He is going to be distinguished 
as supernatural; this will be done by an act which will be a 
Satanic counterfeit of the resurrection. This writer does not 
believe it wall be an actual resurrection, but it will be a situa- 
tion in which this person has a mortal wound. Before he has 
actually lost life, however, he will be brought back from 
this critical wounded state. This is something which will 
cause tremendous amazement throughout the world. 

We could draw a comparison to the tragic death of John 
F, Kennedy. Imagine what would have happened if the 
President of the United States, after being shot and declared 
dead, had come to life again! The impact of an event like 
that would shake the world. 

It is not difficult to imagine what will happen when this 
coming world leader makes his miraculous recovery. This 
man, the Antichrist, will probably not be known as a great 
leader until the time of his revival from the fatal wound. 
After that the whole world will follow him. 

He will have a magnetic personality, be personally attrac- 
tive, and a powerful speaker. He will be able to mesmerize an 
audience with his oratory, 


“Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with 
him?” These are the expressions the people who live at the 
time of the appearance of the Antichrist will be saying. They 
will accept anyone who offers peace, since this is the great 
cry of the world, 

What does this indicate? We recall that the Pax Ro- 
ma na, the Roman peace, was the reason the provincials will- 
ingly turned to Rome and eventually initiated Caesar worship. 
Law and order — peace and security — freedom from war. 
The same needs, the same desires were expressed in ancient 
times that the Bible says will be prevalent before the Anti- 
christ begins his rule. He will be swept in at a time when 
people are so tired of war, so anxious for peace at any price, 
that they willingly give their allegiance to the world dictator 
who will promise them peace. 

There is another place in the Bible where the words of the 
people who are alive at the time of the coming of the Anti- 
christ are quoted: “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ 
then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth 
pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” 
(I Thessalonians 5:3). 

This is a direct quote from the people who will live under 
the false security of this world dictator. It is a cry of re- 
lief — - a sigh of gratitude. “Peace and safety” — at last! 

The mood of the world is being developed toward the ac- 
ceptance of this person. Remember what Toynbee said: “We 
are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might suc- 
ceed in giving the world unity and peace.” 

I Am God 

The Antichrist will deify himself — just like the Caesars 
did. He will proclaim himself to be God. He will demand 
that he be worshiped and will establish him self in the Tem- 
ple of God (II Thessalonians 2:4). 

There is only one place where this temple of God can be 
and that is on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, on the site where 
the Dome of the Rock and other Moslem shrines now stand. 


There are many places in the Bible that pinpoint this loca- 
tion as the one where the Jews will rebuild their Temple, 
The Antichrist, who is called by many names in the Bible, 
but in II Thessalonians is called the “lawless one/" will come 
in on a wave of anarchy. This is why the world will be 
ready to receive him. 

You may be asking, “How can this possibly happen while 
Christians are in the world?” 

It can't. As we understand II Thessalonians 2:6-12, the 
restraining power of the Spirit of God, within believing Chris- 
tians, will hold back the rise of this World Dictator, We be- 
lieve it is not until this “restrained 1 is removed that his power 
and might will be exerted over the entire w r orld. 

We shall explain this in detail in the chapter on “The Ul- 
timate Trip,” 

Authority to Act for Three and One-half Years 

“And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant 
words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty -two 
months was given to him” (Revelation 13:5 NASB), 

Forty -two months is three and one-half years and this is 
the three and one-half years prior to Christ's personal, 
visible return to this earth. This period of time will make 
the regimes of Hitler, Mao, and Stalin look like Girl Scouts 
weaving a daisy chain by comparison. The Antichrist is go- 
ing to be given absolute authority to act with the power of 

“And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, 
to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those 
who dwell in heaven” (Revelation 13:6 NASB), 

This is interesting* Why would he “blaspheme” or “bad- 
mouth” those who will dwell in heaven? And who are the 
ones who dwell in heaven; why would he even bother with 
them? You and I are the ones who are going to dwell in 
heaven, if we are true believers in Jesus Christ* If we are 
gone from the earth at this period, which this writer believes 
the Scriptures prove, how is this fellow going to explain the 


fact that a few million “religious kooks” are missing? He 
will, of course, have to discredit die Christian belief, ex- 
plain it away, or “blaspheme” it and the believers. 

“And it was given to him to make war with the saints and 
to overcome them . . (Revelation 13:7a NASB). 

It is logical to ask at this point, how is he going to make 
war with the saints when they are gone from the earth? 
“The saints” are the people who are going to believe in 
Christ during this great period of conflict. After the Chris- 
tians are gone God is going to reveal Himself in a special 
way to 144,000 physical, literal Jew's w r ho are going to believe 
with a vengeance that Jesus is the Messiah. They are going 
to be 144,000 Jewish Billy Grahams turned loose on this 
earth — - the earth will never know a period of evangelism 
like this period. These Jewish people are going to make up 
for lost time. They are going to have the greatest number of 
converts in all history. Revelation 7:9-14 says they bring so 
many to Christ that they can't be numbered. 

However, the Antichrist is going to unleash a total perse- 
cution of these people, 

“And it was given to him , * . authority over every tribe 
and people and tongue and nation . , (Revelation 13:7b 

He will be the absolute dictator of the whole world! 

This is the Future Fuehrer, 

Who Will Worship Him? 

“And all who dw^ell on the earth will worship him, every 
one whose name has not been written from the foundation 
of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been 
slain” (Revelation 13:8 NASB). 

The book of life to which this passage refers is for those 
who put their personal faith in Jesus Christ. Christ is the 
“Lamb” who was slain. 

The Old Testament predicted the coming of Jesus in hun- 
dreds of prophecies. Over 300 specific predictions were ful- 
filled in His life and death. He is conclusively proven as the 
only One who could be the Messiah. 


He has a book. That book contains the names of every- 
one who simply puts his faith in Jesus for having paid the 
penalty for his sins. Throughout the history of the Jewish 
people the Passover Lamb typified a sacrifice. What an in- 
credible thing that so many Jews would not see Jesus as the 
personification of the Lamb. He was the real Lamb of God, 
When John the Baptist, one of the greatest prophets of all 
time, first saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold, 
the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 
1:29 NASB). In this statement he summarized the whole 
significance of the Old Testament, It all pointed to Jesus, 

So we see who will worship the Antichrist, Everyone will 
worship him who has not put his faith in Christ, 

Is it possible for a moment to project our thoughts toward 
that time when the entire world will look upon one human 
being as the supreme leader? The Antichrist will need a lot 
of help to carry out his diabolical schemes. His staunchest 
ally will be 

The False Prophet 

In Revelation 13:11-18 we are introduced to this infamous 
character. This person, who is called the second beast, is 
going to be a Jew, Many believe he will be from the tribe 
of Dan, which is one of the tribes of the original progenitors 
of the nation of Israel. 

The False Prophet (he is called that in Revelation 19:20 
and 20:10) will be a master of satanic magic. This future 
False Prophet is going to be a devilish John the Baptist. 
He will aid and glorify this Roman Dictator; he will proclaim 
him the savior of the world and make people worship him as 

It is logical to ask how the False Prophet will force this 
worship of the Roman Dictator. He will be given control 
over the economics of the world system and cause everyone 
who will not swear allegiance to the Dictator to be put to 
death or to be in a situation where they cannot buy or sell 
or hold a job. Everyone will be given a tattoo or mark on 


either his forehead or forehand, only if he swears allegiance 
to the Dictator as being God. 

Symbolically, this mark will be 666. Six is said to be the 
number of man in Scripture and a triad or three is the num- 
ber for God. Consequently, when you triple “six” it is the 
symbol of man making himself God. 

The cleverness of this economic vise is ghastly to contem- 
plate, But no one could ever accuse Satan of not being clever, 

O Come Now . , . . 

Do you believe it will be possible for people to be con- 
trolled economically? In our computerized society, where 
we are all “numbered” from birth to death, it seems com- 
pletely plausible that some day in the near future the num- 
bers racket will consolidate and we will have just one num- 
ber for all our business, money, and credit transactions. 
Leading members of the business community are now plan- 
ning that all money matters will be handled electronically. 


We believe that the dramatic elements which are occur- 
ring in the world today are setting the stage for this magnetic, 
diabolical Future Fuehrer to make his entrance. However, 
we must not indulge in speculation about whether any of the 
current w r orld figures is the Antichrist. He will not be known 
until his sudden miraculous recovery from a fatal wound. 

There would be no earthly advantage in being alive when 
the Antichrist rules. We believe that Christians will not be 
around to w r atch the debacle brought about by the cruelest 
dictator of all time. 


Beloved, do not believe every spirit , but test the spirits to see 
whether they are from God; because many fa/se prophets 

have gone out into the world, 

t JOHN 4;1 CNASB) 



It is not our purpose to be shocking or offensive. The prophe- 
cies of the Bible are a vital part of God’s Word, but should 
not be used for sensationalism. Some of the symbolism in 
this chapter may seem very strange to modern cars, and 
some of the indictments of existing beliefs may trigger the 
defense mechanism in some readers. However, when God’s 
Word is clear, it was never intended that man should dilute 
what He has to say. 

All through the Scriptures we find that Christ dealt strongly 
with the religious leaders and false prophets who put on 
their many-colored coats of righteousness and led people 
astray, Jesus called them hypocrites, fools, and vipers, not 
exactly soft terms. He tipped over the tables in their places 
of so-called worship, which was not what men today might 
consider being broad-minded. 

We arc told in the Bible that before the seven-year period 
of tribulation there will be an all-powerful religious system 
which will aid the Antichrist in subjecting the world to his 


absolute authority. For a time this religious system will ac- 
tually have control o£ the Dictator. 

There are several names given to this one-world religion, 
all of them drawing a perfect analogy in meaning. It is 
called the Great Harlot, or prostitute; the “harlot’* represents 
a religion which prostitutes the true meaning of being wed- 
ded to Christ, and sells out to all the false religions of man. 

“Babylon” is another term used for the one-world religion. 
It is easy to see how a place could also be a system when 
we consider contemporary examples: Broadway means the 
theater today, Madison Avenue draws the mental image of 
the slick advertising world. Wall Street is the hub of finance. 

f Tis a Puzzlement 

As pieces of the prophecy puzzle appeared to fall into 
place there was one important part that was lost to me. 
The Bible outlines very specifically that there would be a 
one-world religion which would dominate the world in the 
time before the return of Christ. However, this seemed so 
remote, with so many different religions competing for the 
minds and hearts of men, how on earth could people unite 
in allegiance to just one religion? 

Five years ago, for instance, as I surveyed the college 
campuses where I ministered, it seemed that most of the in- 
tellectual community was alienated by any concept of the 
supernatural. Many of them were not receptive to any form 
of “religion,” which was considered a crutch for the weak, 
or a rigid set of rules not worth trying to follow. 

Wc should be careful to note at this point that we are us- 
ing the term “religion,” not Christianity. Christianity is not a 
religion. Religion is the process of man trying to achieve 
goodness, perfection, and acceptance with God by his own 
efforts. Christianity, on the other hand, is God taking the 
initiative and reaching for man. Christianity is God saying 
that man cannot reach Him except through the one path 
He has provided — through the acceptance of His Son, Jesus 


But the scene has changed rapidly in the intellectual com- 
munity in the past few years. Many of those who scoffed at 
religion have become addicted to the fast -moving upsurge 
in astrology, spiritualism, and even drugs. What does all 
this mean? Does it have any significance in Biblical proph- 

We believe that the joining of churches in the present ecu- 
menical movement, combined with this amazing rejuvenation 
of star-worship, mind-expansion, and witchcraft, are pre- 
paring the world in every way for the establishment of a 
great religious system, one which will influence the Anti- 

To understand the significance of these movements in re- 
lation to this one-world religious system, we should study 
carefully what the Bible has to say about them. As we be- 
gin to examine this in depth, there emerges a pattern which 
makes the Bible more up-to-date and relevant than any book 

Origin of Astrology 

Many popular American magazines have been comment- 
ing recently on astrology and its impact on the contemporary 
scene; most of these secular writers have done a good job of 
historical research into the subject. However, few touch upon 
the best history book of all in doing their reference work. 

In Genesis we find that astrology got its beginnings in 
Babylon, which is verified by secular writers in their histori- 
cal accounts. There is a remarkable statement in Genesis 1 1 
about the first astrological observatory. 

After the great Flood, the Bible tells us, the whole earth 
had one language. The people who were alive at that time 
settled in the land of Shinar, which is near the meeting of 
the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. This was ancient Baby- 
lonia, one of the earliest centers of civilization. 

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, 
whose top may reach unto heaven . . .” (Genesis 11:4 KJV). 

Now the city they were speaking about was Babylon, and 
the tower was the famous Tower of Babel. The interesting 


thing is that the word “tower” is a word that can mean zig- 
gurat, which was the ancient observatory from which the 
priests would gaze at the stars. 

In many versions of the Bible you will find that in this 
verse from Genesis 1 I the words “may reach” are in italics. 
This is because they were not in the original Hebrew writings 
of the Bible. When this passage is studied in Hebrew it be- 
comes obvious that these people had enough intelligence and 
know-how to realize that they could not build a tower which 
would actually reach to heaven. It’s true that the Babylonian 
builders were geniuses, but they were not stupid. A tower 
with its top in heaven meant it would be used to study the 
stars, chart their courses, and make predictions. Henry H. 
Halley, who has assembled the comprehensive Halley's Bible 
Handbook, said that the whole purpose of the ziggurats was 
idolatrous worship. 1 

This origin of astrology was described in what may have 
been among the first writing known to man, a form of hiero- 
glyphics devised by the ancient race of the Chaldeans who 
began to give the stars certain meanings. They divided the 
heavens into the twelve sections of the zodiac and said that 
the stars control the destiny of men. This religion started to 
flourish and have its greatest glory of history in the Babylo- 
nian Empire, which was primarily made up of the priestly 
caste of the Chaldean people. These Chaldeans became the 
aristocracy of the priesthood. We know how esteemed these 
astrologers and magicians were because every king in Baby- 
lon built giant ziggurats for them. The astrologers were con- 
sidered almost equal in power to the king. 

We see God's attitude toward this star-worship when we 
are told that He destroyed this Babylonian observatory. Nim- 
rod, the first world dictator, was the leader in the Tower of 
Babel enterprise and through this religious system estab- 
lished at Babylon undoubtedly wished to pursue the ambition 
of all dictators, and that is to have a one-world government. 
He did not take God into account, however. God says when 
you put everyone under one dictator there would be no evil 
which could be restrained. When the Tower of Babel was 


destroyed, it was a turning point in history. Where there 
had been but one language, now God initiated many lan- 
guages and scattered the people throughout the earth. 

This passage shows that God's plan for the world until 
the Prince of Peace returns is not an international one-world 
government, but nationalism. This is the one way the world 
can keep from falling under a dictator who could virtually 
destroy mankind. 

The Scripture says that a Great Dictator is coming and 
he will be boosted to power, and strengthened in his grasp 
upon the world with the assistance of the ancient religion 
called Mystery, Babylon. This is the very religion which 
started in the Genesis account and made possible the first 
world dictator. 

Some clairvoyants today, without knowledge of Bible 
prophecy, are saying the same things that the Scriptures tell 
us. In a publication which specializes in psychic phenomena 
there was an astounding article which said that “History and 
many signs of the times point to man's preparation for the 
coming new world leader.” The writer in this magazine 
dealing with extra-sensory perception, prophecy (not Bible), 
and spiritual healing, described various events which would 
precede this new “Leader,” among which were. , . . “Condi- 
tions shall change and, in the due course of time, people 
shall be led into a new Age where they have different abili- 
ties from those now existing. There shall be clairvoyance 
and telepathy as there was before the so-called, mis-called, 
Tower of Babel, in which through the abuse of special pow- 
ers mankind lost its telepathic abilities for the time being/ 72 
(Emphasis is ours.) 

Mystery f Babylon, Condemned 

The great prophet, Isaiah, in chapter* 47 of his book, gives 
an analysis of the Babylonian worship and religion. The de- 
scription and the judgment to be brought upon this “religion” 
is so significant for today that we can scarcely contain our 
continuous excitement over prophetic pictures in the Bible. 


Isaiah, speaking predictively in 47:1, says: “Come down, 
and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon* sit on the 
ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: 
for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate” (KJV). 

A glance down to verse 5 will indicate further condemna- 
tion of Babylon: “Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, 
O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be 
called. The lady of kingdoms 5 ' (K1V). 

(Literally, the “lady 51 means the “Queen of kingdoms.” 
When we study Revelation 17 this is going to be a very im- 
portant figure of speech.) 

The prophet goes on to analyze the wickedness of Babylon 
and the reason why God is going to judge this empire. Isaiah 
shows how Babylon grew away from the true God and was 
involved in worldly pleasures. Wisdom and knowledge per- 
verted Babylon, and the prophet says that desolation shall 
“come upon thee suddenly.” 

However, the most important thing to see is that Babylon 
was entangled in “sorceries” and “enchantments,” two impor- 
tant words which we shall examine carefully . . , and that 
this civilization could not be saved by “the astrologers, the 
stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators” who were the 
advisers to the Babylonians, 

Stay Tuned to the Facts 

We are not playing a game of Biblical hopscotch when 
we turn from one prophet to another. If there was not a 
strong recurring theme in all the prophets, this book would 
have no validity. It is the complete agreement of all parts of 
Biblical prophecy which makes its study so absorbing, so 
filled with tingling vitality for the twentieth century that it is 
a wonder that every preacher in every pulpit doesn't shake 
the ecclesiastical rafters with this subject. 

Daniel was a prophet whose themes are far-reaching and 
who predicted events which are yet to happen in the history 
of our world, events which we are studying in the context of 
this book. Daniel was a Hebrew nobleman who was taken 


caplive in Babylon by the king of the empire, Nebuchadnez- 
zar. This king had Daniel and several other Jewish noble- 
men who showed unusual intelligence put into a special 
school of the wise men. The "wise men” was a general 
designation given to the astrologers and magicians of the 
Babylonian empire and Daniel was trained in all the wis- 
dom of the Babylonians. He became an expert in these fields, 
but he didn’t buy it. It was a tremendous test of Daniel’s 
faith, because he was literally brainwashed by the Babyloni- 
an religion, but he kept his belief in God, in spite of all this 

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which really bothered him 
and gave him insomnia. He called the whole gang out to 
help him with this — all his “magicians and astrologers and 
sorcerers and Chaldeans" (Daniel 2:2, 10, 27). 

The first category or word which is translated “magician” 
means the special sacred scribes — an order of the wise men 
who had charge of the sacred writings which were handed 
down all the way from the time of the Tower of Babel. Some 
of (he earliest-known literature on the face of this earth were 
these books of magic, astrology, and the black arts. 

The next word, “astrologer,” means literally to whisper 
— it came to mean “conjure.” These were men who were 
enchanters who would cast spells through the spirit medium. 
They had all kinds of chants and low, muttering songs 
through which they thought they could cast out evil. 

The “sorcerers” means the black magic art. The same 
word is used for the Egyptian magicians who confronted 
Moses (Exodus 7:11). Through their black art they dupli- 
cated several miracles which Moses performed in the court. 
For instance, they turned water into blood. When Moses 
cast down his rod and it turned into a serpent these “sor- 
cerers” did the same thing in the court of Pharaoh. It wasn’t 
until God enabled Moses to perform miracles that they 
couldn’t duplicate that these magicians said 1 that this was the 
finger of God. The Egyptians had all of these arts which 
the Babylonians exported to them. 


The next word, “Chaldeans/ 1 was the priest caste of all of 
them. Wherever you see the word “Chaldean" 5 it can be trans- 
lated equally well as “astrology.” Several great linguists 
unanimously agree on this point that the Chaldeans studied 
a person’s birthday, asking the very hour a person was born, 
and then they would cast a horoscope of his destiny. You 
will find that this thinking has permeated the Aramaic world 
— the Arabs, the Persians, etc. This is where the idea of 
Kismet came from; it means it is inevitable, it is fate — 
what will happen will happen. The ancient astrologers be- 
lieved that your fate was written in the stars before you were 
bom and you can't alter the course of your destiny. 

The Babylonian kings did not make a move without con- 
sulting their astrologers, and the Media-Persians who con- 
quered the Babylonians did the same thing. They, too, had 
their court astrologers and wisemen. When the Greek, Alex- 
ander the Great, conquered the Media -Persian empire he also 
began to follow the astrologers and their wisdom. The prac- 
tice was transported to Rome where we see the Caesars con- 
sulting the augurs, who were experts in astrology, spiritism, 
and the black arts. 

When Nebuchadnezzar called upon his wise men for help 
and advice, none of them could tell him his dream or the in- 
terpretation. Daniel, however, proved lie was a true prophet 
of God when he was able to tell the king what the dream 
was and thee give its interpretation. Daniel really puts the 
bite on his fellow colleagues and shows them up for the 
frauds they were, 

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, described by Daniel and in- 
terpreted by this prophet of God, turns out to be the whole 
course of world powers that would conquer the world right 
up to the second eoming of Jesus Christ. 

Daniel shows that astrologers cannot accurately predict 
the future. As a matter of fact, God condemns astrology. 
In Deuteronomy 18 astrologers were commanded in that day 
under the law of Moses to be put to death. Astrology is the 
backbone of the ancient religion of Babylon, but there is no 
such thing as a man’s fate being controlled by the stars. 


Man’s fate is controlled by God alone. 

Whenever a person gets sold out by things like astrology, 
it will be like the Israelis. Israel was judged and virtually de- 
stroyed and taken to Babylon in 606 b.c. because the peo- 
ple became devoted to idolatry, especially astrology. II Kings 
23 makes this clear when it says that God wiped out the 
high places and all of the places where they burned incense 
to the stars of heaven, or to the constellation (the twelve 
signs of the Zodiac). 

Emergence of the One-world Religion 

Now we are coming to some of the most important pieces 
of the prophetic puzzle which are shown in the Scriptures. In 
Revelation 17 the apostle John has a vision which shows the 
future and precisely what is going to happen on earth the 
last seven years before Christ returns. In Revelation 17 John 
is given one of the most important prophecies for us to un- 
derstand because he is exposing a one- world religious sys- 
tem which will bring all false religions together in one unit. 
Through this system Satan’s Antichrist will take over the 
world — and he is going to do it first with Rome as home 
base and then from Jerusalem. 

Scarlet O' Harlot 

Look what John says in Revelation 17:3-5: “And he car- 
ried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and T saw a 
woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, 
having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was 
clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and pre- 
cious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of 
abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 
and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, 

It is sometimes difficult for the Bijble reader to grasp 
this symbolism. Understanding “the mother of harlots,” or 


the great harlot, is important to the basic understanding of 
the Christian belief, versus all religions. This church which 
the prophet describes claims to be united to Jesus Christ in 
mystical marriage, but is really an adulteress in the spiritual 
sense. This church professes an allegiance to God, but wor- 
ships a false religious system. 

The main thrust of this passage in Revelation 17 is about 
Mystery, Babylon, who is typified by this woman. “And I 
saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with 
the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I 
wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, 'Why do you 
wonder? I shall tell you the mystery of the woman and of 
the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and 
the ten horns’” (Revelation 17:6, 7 NASB). 

We know the meaning of the “beast,” for we studied this 
in the chapter on “The Future Fuehrer.” The ten horns, as 
we have seen, refers to the revived Roman Empire, or a ten- 
nation confederacy. 

The fact that this woman, who is the Mystery, Babylon, 
is riding upon this beast shows that she controls him. His- 
torically this “religion” has controlled many empires. No- 
tice what John the Apostle, writing in about a.d. 95, says 
about these empires which the “woman” has controlled: 
“Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are 
seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are 
seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet 
come; and when be comes, he must remain a little while” 
(Revelation 17:9, 10 NASB). 

We must look at this from the apostle John’s perspective. 
He speaks of seven kingdoms, five of which have fallen. We 
must examine what five kingdoms over which this mystery 
religion of Babylon exerted authority have fallen. The 
first great kingdom w r here the Babylonian religion had great 
sway was the Chaldean. The second world power which 
was virtually controlled by this religion was Egypt. The 
great Egyptian pyramids had astrological significance, as well 
as being a burial place for the kings, and the sphinx is the 
key to where the earth starts in the twelve sections of the 


Zodiac. The head of the sphinx is a woman, with the body of 
a lion. The word “sphinx” means to “join together” in 
Greek — it shows that the first part of the circle of the zo- 
diac is the woman, Virgo, and the last part is the lion, Leo. 
What the sphinx does is to put the two together and show 
the beginning and the end of the Zodiac. 

The next great world kingdom to be controlled by the 
mystery religion was, of course, Babylon itself under the 
great Babylonian rulers. The fourth kingdom was the Media- 
Persian empire, and the fifth was the Greek empire. 

John says that “five have fallen, one is.” The kingdom 
which was present at the time John wrote this was Rome. 
The mystery religion of Babylon was in Rome, exerting its 
great influence over the decisions of the empire. The other 
kingdom which “has not yet come” is referring to the revived 
Roman Empire. 

The Antichrist will come up out of the culture of the an- 
cient Roman Empire. He will come to the ten-nation confed- 
eracy, take it over, and make it an eighth form of power. 

We believe that we are seeing, with all of the other signs, 
the revival of Mystery, Babylon — not just in astrology, but 
also in spiritism, a return to the supernatural, and in drugs. 

More insight into this last one-world religion is given in 
Revelation 9:20: “And the rest of mankind, who were not 
killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their 
hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and 
of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can 
neither see nor hear nor walk” (NASB). 

Some may scoff at the idea that idol worship will become 
prevalent. Even in America, however, there are growing 
cults which actually do worship stone and metal idols. At 
one of California’s colleges some young men were seen at 
dawn, indulging in a primitive sort of sun- god worship on 
the lawn of a fraternity house. When they were questioned 
about their rather strange activities they said, “There’s a 
bunch of us up at Big Sur who worship idols and stuff.” 

And what else will be seen during these times preceding 
Christ’s return? “And they did not repent of their murders 


nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their 
thefts” (Revelation 9:21 NASH). 

One of the words here is extremely important — the word 
“sorceries,” It comes from the Greek word pharmakeia , 
which is the word from which we get our English word, 
pharmacy, it means a kind of occult worship or black magic, 
associated with the use of drugs. This word is mentioned 
several times in the Book of Revelation. It is said of the 
great reiigious system that “all the nations were deceived by 
your sorcery” (Revelation 18:23). 

If there is anyone today who is not conscious of the 
spread of drug addiction, particularly among college and 
high school students, and now reaching down into the junior 
high and even the grade school level, then they are blind 
to what is happening. The increase in the use of narcotics 
and all forms of dangerous drugs has spiralled to such an 
extent that statistics written today would be out of date by 
the time this book is published. 

A newspaper we saw recently quoted narcotics officials 
in the juvenile division of a police department saying that 
they were so alarmed that they thought the situation should 
be labeled a “Drug Epidemic” and treated by drastic and 
swift measures before it was more out of hand than it is 
now. One officer said that whatever they say about the ar- 
rests of young people on drug charges is like an iceberg. 
All they are able to see is what protrudes above the surface. 
Lurking beneath the known dangers are Thousands and thou- 
sands of users and pushers that haven’t been caught. 

I used to wonder how on earth people could see the su- 
pernatural things which would occur during the Great Tribu- 
lation, the seven-year period before the return of Christ, and 
still not turn to God. I have seen a graphic example of how 
minds can be clouded from a person I met in a fraternity 
house at one of our major universities. He was an outstand- 
ing young man and expressed the desire to know more about 
Christ, I met with him for several weeks and be said, “I 
believe it, but I just don’t want to commit my life to Christ.” 

When 1 met him a few months later he looked completely 


different. He said, “I’m really religious now — I feel sorry 
for you — Fve been taking trips and Fve really seen God. 
Only this God is the King of Darkness — tins is the one we 

This man had completely blown his mind. He is at this 
point, apart from a miracle, completely beyond reach. Satan 
uses these hallucinatory drugs to take man to a deeper level 
of approach with him. You talk to some people who have 
been on drugs for a long time and they will tell you, “I know 
the devil is real — Fve seen him." 

We believe these drugs reduce a man’s thinking and men- 
tality to a point where he is easily demon-possessed. De- 
mons are under the control of Satan and l he Bible speaks 
about them in abundant terms, so we’re not talking about 
spooky things. 

There are all sorts of new spirit groups which are worship- 
ing Satan. A newspaper feature article told of “Modern 
Witches: Old Black Magic but a New Spirit." The story con- 
cerned the upsurge in witchcraft in England and told how 
people take it very seriously. “So ostensibly do the hundreds, 
perhaps even a few thousand, of witches in Britain who are 
riding again since the centuries-old Witchcraft Act was re- 
pealed in 1951. Covens, assemblies of witches are even said 
to be thriving in Los Angeles and New York." 

As one modern witch describes, “For us it’s our religion — 
we worship a horned god, the prince of darkness, and this 
makes some people say we’re devil-worshipers/^ 

A major television station had a potpourri of news and 
showed the great interest high school students have in witches. 
The commentator said, “Nearly every respectable high school 
these days has its own witch." The program pictured a pretty 
16-year-old, eyes staring and voice chanting incantations, 
conjuring up all sorts of spells, A psychiatrist intoned that 
he thought the trend toward witchcraft was “healthy* for 
some because it helps relieve aggressive feelings. 

The upsurge of interest in astrology was documented in 
the first chapter of this book. Man seems to be on this 
great quest for knowledge and assurance of the future with 


such intensity that all types of mystic ideas are being ac- 
cepted today. 

Where Is the Church? 

We have developed the various forms of religious expres- 
sions which we believe constitute a revival of Mystery, Baby- 
lon, but have not included the organization which the Bible 
says will be a definite part of this one- world religion. This is 
the visible church which is characterized by increasing un- 
belief and apostasy. 

This description of the visible or physical church is given 
with sadness. We find it difficult not to be disheartened 
when we see what is happening in the churches which call 
themselves “Christian.” However, if we follow Bible prophecy 
carefully we sec that it is made absolutely clear that in the 
time preceding the return of Christ there would be a “f alli ng 
away” from the basic doctrines of Christ by the churches. 
Some churches are not just falling away, they are plunging 
recklessly toward destruction with their disbelief and blas- 
phemous programs. 

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, usually in a state 
of anger over some real or imagined injustice, “Why doesn’t 
the church do something about it?” 

It is imperative for us to have a clear understanding of 
who and what “the church” is before we can understand its 
apostasy. (“Apostasy” means an abandonment or desertion 
of principles or faith.) 

The apostate church is, always has been, and will be, the 
visible, physical gathering of people who may call themselves 
Christians. These churches may be of any denomination. 
They may be magnificent cathedrals or store-front missions, 
a congregation of thousands or a gathering of a few. How- 
ever, no matter what sacred or holy name is applied to the 
visible church, this is no guarantee that it teaches and preach- 
es the truth of God. 

The true church, on the other hand, includes all believers 
in Christ. Many places in the New Testament speak of those 


who are joined to Christ, the Head of the body. In other 
words, Christ is the Head of the true church. 

“He is also head of the body, the church” (Colossians 
1:18 NASB). 

“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, 
and all the members of the body, though they are many, are 
one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all 
baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether 
slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit" 
(I Corinthians 12:12, 13 NASB). 

An organized church may have among its members those 
who are true believers and those who merely claim to be be- 
lievers in Christ. We must not make the mistake of saying 
that everyone who belongs to a church which has strayed far 
away from the teachings of the Bible is a non-believer. A 
true believer can be surrounded by apostasy in the church 
or denomination or the council of churches to which he be- 
longs. Usually, if the believer is aware of what is happening 
at the policy-making level of his church, he is pretty miser- 
able — - or angry — or disgusted. 

Some of you may be thinking that every generation has 
seen this apostasy in the church. This is true, but the Bible 
says that as the countdown before Christ’s return comes 
closer, the teachings of the false leaders of the church will 
depart farther and farther from God’s Word. 

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as 
there will also be false teachers among you, who will se- 
cretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Mas- 
ter who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon them- 
selves” (II Peter 2:1 NASB), 

The Harlot 

This one-world religious system is not described in deli- 
cate terms. A harlot, or a prostitute, is one who is unfaith- 
ful. She has prostituted her God-given womanhood. In the 
same manner, the church which says it belongs to God, but 


joins in worshiping through a false religious system, is prosti- 
tuting its purpose. 

How can we recognize the apostasy in the church today? 
What are the characteristics of this harlot? 

Peter writes that in the “last days” there would be “mock- 
ers” who would say: “Where is the promise of His coming?” 
(II Peter 3:4 NASB). 

John, the apostle of love, spoke strongly about false teach- 
ers who deny the fact that Christ will return bodily to earth 
the second time. He wrote: “For many deceivers have gone 
out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus 
Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the 
antichrist” (II John 7 NASB). 

We need to be alert. When we hear church leaders, 
teachers, or preachers questioning the visible return of Christ, 
this is a doctrine of apostasy. 

The Bible teaches from beginning to end that man is 
basically sinful. Since this is contrary to so much of the hu- 
manistic teachings that surround us today, it is hard for some 
to swallow. But it does not make it any less true. “If we 
say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the 
truth is not in us” (I John 1:8 NASB). 

There are many who admire Jesus of Nazareth as a great 
man, an outstanding teacher, but scoff at His deity. This is 
another form of apostasy. This is a denial of God, since the 
doctrine of the trinity is a basic tenet of Christianity. John 
says: “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father . . 

(I John 2:23 NASB). 

We have often had people say to us, “Sure, I believe in 
God, but you certainly don’t think Jesus was God, do you?” 
Of course we do. The Bible also says Jesus was bom of a 
virgin; to deny this is a denial of the miracles of God, what 
traditional Christianity has said throughout the centuries. 

What is happening today in many of our standard brand 
denominations? One of the first exposes of the beliefs of 
our future ministers was made by Redbook magazine in Au- 
gust of 1961. The publishers hired one of the top pollsters in 
the nation to survey a full representation of our seminaries 


which are supposedly preparing men for Christian service in 
the Protestant churches. Here are some of the results • — com- 
pare them carefully with what the Bible says about apos- 

Of the ministers in training, 56 percent rejected the vir gin 
birth of Jesus Christ, 71 percent rejected that there was life 
after death. 54 percent rejected the bodily resurrection of 
Jesus Christ. 98 percent rejected that there would be a per- 
sonal return of Jesus Christ to this earth. 

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as 
there will also be false teachers among you, who will se- 
cretly introduce destructive heresies . . (II Peter 21 

We are seeing “destructive heresies” bought in wholesale 
lots. In the 1 968 annual of the Encyclopedia Brittanica in 
a special section on religion the writer wrote that this marks a 
turn in the history of American theology, for not only are 
they saying that God is dead, but men who still claim to 
be Christian theologians are saying that there is no such thing 
as a personal God at all. 

In the February, 1968, issue of McCall's a survey of major 
denominations showed that a considerable number rejected 
altogether the idea of a personal God. How, may we ask, 
can a man be a minister today if he does not believe in a 
personal God? 

Although this trend has been accelerated in recent years, 
this has been going on for a long time. When people move 
away from Christianity the church will lose its power and in- 
fluence to a great religious movement, a satanic ecumenical 

The Ecumenical Mania 

Years ago when we first heard about the ecumenical move- 
ment, we couldn’t pronounce it, but we thought it sounded 
like a great idea. It seemed plausible that all the “good guys” 
in the churches should join together to fight all the evil on 
the outside. There are many fallacies in that way of thinking. 


When all of the various churches begin to amalgamate in ofte 
unwieldy body, soon the doctrinal truths of the true church 
are watered down, altered, or discarded. In their place we 
see political pronouncements and ecclesiastical shenanigans 
that astound the believer and repel the non-believer. The 
mass movement of the National Council of Churches and 
the World Council of Churches toward an umbrella-like 
structure which would cover all sorts of beliefs and camou- 
flage its motives with “broad-mindedness,” seems to say; 
“Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy-laden and 
I will give you — controversy!” 

In May of 1969 the World Council of Churches, for in- 
stance, recommended that the churches should support vio- 
lence if it is the last way to overthrow political and economic 
tyranny. This group also recommended that churches con- 
fess that they are “filled with blatant and insidious institu- 
tional racism.” 4 

The news media carry stories every day about churches 
being invaded by pressure groups who “demand” money or 
recognition. Churches are joining forces with those who op- 
pose everything that is known as traditional Christianity. 
“Marxist-Chrislian dialogue” is very popular; not for the 
purpose of extending the love of God to the atheistic Marx- 
ists or Communists, but with the idea of exchanging “truths” 
and reaching a common ground of understanding. 

When Gus Hall, one of the best-known spokesmen for the 
Communist Party in the United States, says that the current 
red goals for America are “almost identical” to those es- 
poused by the liberal church, then perhaps it is time (really 
far past time) that people begin to wake up to what is going 
on in the apostate church. 

“A big and growing trend toward unity is developing in 
many of America’s churches at this time. That trend, some 
clergymen are saying, could lead to a ‘superchurch’ of im- 
mense religious and political power.” 5 

Satan’s real intention is not to have a godless political 
situation, he wants a religious situation. Satan loves religion. 


which is the reason he invades certain churches on Sunday, 
Religion is a great blinder of the minds of men. 

Where Does Apostasy Lead? 

Christ calls His followers, the true Christians, the salt of 
the earth. If the salt is removed this important preservative 
will no longer be able to stop the decaying process. When 
false teachings and doctrines become predominant there will 
be a decline in the moral climate, for the preservative has 
been taken away. 

Hear what the Bible has to say about the time before 
Christ's return: . in the last days difficult limes will come. 

For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, ar- 
rogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 
unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-con- 
trol, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God . . ” (II Tim- 
othy 3:1-4 NASH). 

That is a strong indictment of the era in which we live, 
isn't it? Continuing in that passage, Paul says that learning 
or intellect ualism will increase, but men will not come to the 
“knowledge of truth.” 

We have increased in technology so rapidly in the past few 
years that our grandfather's heads would be spinning at what 
we take for granted. However, all the educational advances 
have not brought mankind one step further toward solving 
the basic needs of love, security, and true happiness; on the 
contrary, civilization seems more removed from these con- 
cepts than ever. 

In this letter to Timothy, Paul also cites that there will be a 
pretense of worship, at the same time denying godliness. 
When we read of some of the magazines that fall under the 
category of “religious publications,” we can understand what 
is meant by this pretense. God is not a living, vital reality, 
personified by Christ, He is hardly more than a “Thing” a 
“Reality,” a “Ground of Being,” a “Voice from Somewhere.” 
When there is little to separate the church from a nightclub, 


a school, a social gathering, a political meeting, even a phi- 
lanthropic group, then the salt has been taken away, its flavor 
is no different from any secular organization. 

The Power Without the Salt 

Although this great religious system of the time of the Trib- 
ulation, or the final seven-year period before the return of 
Christ, will be godless, it will also be powerful. 

John says in Revelation 17 that this system would domi- 
nate the beast, or the Great Dictator who will be the head of 
the ten-nation confederacy. As we have said, it would seem 
that fear of Communism and the need for a common defense 
against the “King of the North” would drive the one-world 
political system into the arms of the “harlot” or the one- 
world religious system. The “harlot” will be “clothed in pur- 
ple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones 
and pearls ...” (Revelation 17:4 NASB). In other words, 
this religious system will be splendid on the outside, but cor- 
rupt to the core. 

This harlot, as described in Revelation, is not only a sys- 
tem, but also a city. There is no question about where the 
city would be — it was Rome. It says that the woman sits 
(or rules) on seven mountains. Most elementary students of 
history or geography know that Rome is the city of seven 
hills. It is there that the religious system will reign for a 
time in coalition w r ith the political system. 

However, the Bible tells us about the end of this system. 
The political system and its dictator will hate this religious 
system after a time, because it controls the Antichrist and he 
wants to proclaim himself to be God, without any interfer- 
ence. The Great Dictator is not going to be a puppet; if 
strings arc to be pulled, he wants to do the manipulating. 

Revelation 18:2 shows that the destruction of the religious 
system will take place in two phases. “Fallen, fallen is Baby- 
lon the great.” The first “fallen” refers to the destruction of 
the religious system by the dictator. This will take place in 
the middle of the Tribulation, at the end of three and one- 


half years* The second “fallen” refers to the sudden destruc- 
tion of the city of Rome* 

God-given Compassion 

There is a tightrope which is walked by everyone who 
condemns the actions of churches, their leaders, or any belief 
which is no more than unbelief. One is accused of being 
“anti-church,” “narrow-minded,” or “dogmatic,” However, 
in proclaiming the truths of God, revealed by the Bible and 
its prophets, we cannot dilute what is said. On the other 
hand, while loathing the actions and motives of any system 
which is religions, without knowing Christ, we do at the same 
time want to introduce persons within these systems to the 
only way to God, to Jesus Christ Himself, This is a distinc- 
tion which is difficult for a non-Christian to understand, and 
sometimes equally difficult for the Christian to follow. It is 
against human nature to separate the man from the beliefs 
he appears to follow. We cannot do it alone. Only Christ, 
working in and through our whole being, can possibly give 
us compassion and love for what we ourselves have labeled 
unloving and despicable. 


One sma/f step for a man — one giant leap for mankind* 


20 JULY 1969 



And the world caught its breath. Science fiction had prepared 
man for the incredible feats of the astronauts, but when the 
reality of the moon landing really hit, it was awesome. 

On that historic Sunday in July we watched TV, laughing 
as Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin loped on the moon’s sur- 
face. We walked out the front door and looked up at the 
Old Man and said, “It’s really happening — there are a cou- 
ple of guys walking around up there right now. Amazing.” 

Astounding as man’s trip to the moon is, there is another 
trip which many men, women, and children will take some 
day which will leave the rest of the world gasping. Those 
who remain on earth at that time will use every invention of 
the human mind to explain the sudden disappearance of 
millions of people. 

Reporters who wrote the historic story of Apollo 11 told 
how the astronauts collected rocks which may reveal the 
oldest secrets of the solar system. Those who are alive to 
tell the story of “Project Disappearance” will try in vain to 
describe the happening which will verify the oldest secrets 
of God's words. 


What Will They Say? 

“There I was, driving down the freeway and all of a sud- 
den the place went crazy. . . . cars going in all directions . . . 
and not one of them had a driver. I mean it was wild! 

I think we’ve got an invasion from outer space!” 

“It was the last quarter of the championship game and 
the other side was ahead. Our boys had the ball. We made 
a touchdown and tied it up. The crowd went crazy. Only 
one minute to go and they fumbled — our quarterback recov- 
ered — he was about a yard from the goal when — zap — 
no more quarterback — completely gone, just like that!” 

“It was puzzling — very puzzling. I was teaching my 
course in the Philosophy of Religion when all of a sudden 
three of my students vanished. They simply vanished! They 
were quite argumentative — always trying to prove their 
point from the Bible. No great loss to the class. However, I 
do find this disappearance very difficult to explain.” 

“As an official spokesman for the United Nations I wish 
to inform all peace-loving people of the world that we are 
making every human effort to assist those nations whose lead- 
ers have disappeared. We have issued a general declaration 
of condemnation in the General Assembly concerning these 
heads of state. Their irresponsibility is shocking.” 

“My dear friends in the congregation. Bless you for com- 
ing to church today. I know that many of you have lost 
loved ones in this unusual disappearance of so many people. 
However, I believe that God’s judgment has come upon 
them for their continued dissension and quarreling with the 
great advances of the church in our century. Now that the 
reactionaries are removed, we can progress toward our great 
and glorious goal of uniting all mankind into a brotherhood 
of reconciliation and understanding.” 

“You really want to know what I think? I think all that 
talk about the Rapture and going to meet Jesus Christ in the 
air wasn’t crazy after all. I don’t know about you, brother, 
but I’m going to find myself a Bible and read all those 


verses my wife underlined. I wouldn’t listen to her while 
she was here, and now she’s — I don’t know where she is.” 

Rapture — What Rapture? 

Christians have a tendency sometimes to toss out words 
which have no meaning to the non-Christian. Sometimes 
misunderstood terms provide the red flag an unbeliever needs 
to turn him from the simple truth of God’s Word. “Rap- 
ture” may be one of those words. It is not found in the 
Bible, so there is no need to race for your concordance, if 
you have one. There are some Christians who do not use 
the word, but prefer “translation” instead. 

The word “rapture” means to snatch away or take out. 
But whether we call this event “the Rapture” or the “trans- 
lation” makes no difference — the important thing is that it 
will happen. 

It will happen! 

Someday, a day that only God knows, Jesus Christ is com- 
ing to take away all those who believe in Him. He is com- 
ing to meet all true believers in the air. Without benefit of 
science, space suits, or interplanetary rockets, there will be 
those who will be transported into a glorious place more 
beautiful, more awesome, than we can possibly comprehend. 
Earth and all its thrills, excitement, and pleasures will be 
nothing in contrast to this great event. 

It will be the living end. The ultimate trip. 

If you are shaking your heads over this right now, please 
remember how many “impossibles” you have said in your 
lifetime — or how many “impossibles” men throughout the 
ages have said to many tilings God has revealed through 
His spokesmen. And yet they were possible, because nothing 
is impossible for God. 

Wc have been examining the push of world events which 
the prophets foretold would lead the way to the seven-year 
countdown before the return of Jesus Christ to earth. The big 
question is, will you be here during this seven-year count- 
down? Will you be here during the time of the Tribulation 
when the Antichrist and the False Prophet are in charge for 


a time? Will you be here when the world is plagued by 
mankind’s darkest days? 

It may come as a surprise to you, but the decision con- 
cerning your presence during this last seven-year period in 
history is entirely up to you. 

God’s Word tells us that there will be one generation of 
believers who will never know death. These believers will 
be removed from the earth before the Great Tribulation — 
before that period of the most ghastly pestilence, bloodshed, 
and starvation the world has ever known. 

Examine the prophecies of this mysterious happening — 
of the “Rapture.” Here is the real hope for the Christian, 
the “blessed hope” for true believers (Titus 2:13-15). 

As we see the circumstances which are coming on the 
world, this hope gets more blessed all the time. This is the 
reason we are optimistic about the future. This is the reason 
that in spite of the headlines, in spite of crisis after crisis in 
America and throughout the world, in spite of the dark days 
which will strike terror into the hearts of many, every Chris- 
tian has the right to be optimistic! 

You may be thinking now, “Count me out. I like it right 
here and I have a lot of plans for my future.” 

Exactly. This is what we are talking about — your plans 
for the future. In fact, this is what Christ was talking about 
when He said: “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in 
God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many 
dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for 
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a 
place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; 
that where i am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 

According to all the Scriptures we are told that the place He 
is preparing for us will be utterly fantastic. Eternal life will 
surpass the greatest pleasures we have known on earth. 

/ Tell You a Mystery 

To avoid confusion, we will refer to the event when the 
church (those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior) will 


meet Christ in the air as the Rapture, If you have grown in 
a school of Christian thought that uses the ‘‘translation/ 1 
simply substitute this word when you are reading. 

In I Corinthians 15:50 important things are revealed about 
the Rapture. We are told that Christians cannot inherit the 
Kingdom of God in the type of bodies we now have — that 
is, in bodies of flesh and blood. 

However, according to the gospels and the Old Testa- 
ment, there will be certain people who will inherit for a time 
the Kingdom of God in their mortal bodies. This is the 
Kingdom that Christ will establish after He returns to earth. 
This does not contradict the previous statement. The Bible 
is speaking of two separate events* 

The distinction between God’s dealing with the church and 
His dealing with another group of believers who are largely 
gathered around Israel is very important* Revelation 20 and 
Matthew 25 speak of the time w r hen Jesus will return to the 
earth and separate the believers from the nonbelievers. For 
us, as believers, our hope is different from Israel’s. This will 
be clear when we distinguish between the second advent, or 
the second coming of Christ, and the Rapture. 

We are told that we cannot enter the Kingdom of God 
until we are changed from the type of body we now have into 
a new model. Then we have this fascinating verse: “Behold, 
I tell you a mystery ; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be 
changed" (I Corinthians 15:51 NASB). 

The word “mystery" in the original Greek means something 
which has not been revealed before, but is now being re- 
vealed to those who are initiated* It was from this word that 
the concept of Greek fraternities came — ’everyone who has 
been in a fraternity or sorority knows there are certain se- 
crets which are not disclosed until after initiation* 

To draw the analogy, every believer in Jesus Christ is in- 
itiated into Christ’s fraternity. Then, and only then, can he 
understand some of the secrets of God. These secrets the 
rest of the world will not accept as those who believe in 
Christ will accept them and understand them. 

What is the secret that had not been revealed anywhere 


in the Scriptures before Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthi- 
ans? Here is where the mystery gets exciting. 

It says, “We shall not all sleep.” Sleep is the word for 
Christian death. “Sleep” does not mean that your soul, your 
consciousness sleeps. There are some who believe that when 
you die your soul, your personality, the real you goes into 
some strange limbo. However, we are told that the moment 
a believer breathes his last breath and dies his soul goes im- 
mediately to be with Christ — to be face to face with the 
Lord (II Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:21-23). 

So what does sleep? Your body. The body that disinte- 
grates, Christ will raise into a body which can never see 
corruption again. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from 
which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus 
Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into 
conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of 
the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself’ 
(Philippians 3:20, 21 NASB). 

What about the mystery? The mystery has to do with the 
believers who will be alive when Christ comes for them. “In 
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; 
for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised 
imperishable, and we shall be changed” (I Corinthians 15: 
52 NASB). 

Words are fascinating — and the basis for understanding. 
The word translated “moment” is the Greek word atomos, 
which is the word from which we get “atom.” In the Greek 
it means that which is indivisible, in other words, it will hap- 
pen so quickly, in a flash of time which is so short it can’t be 
divided. At that point those who are alive will be brought 
into the presence of the Lord. 

This will take place “at the last trumpet,” which refers to 
something which was the practice of God in the Old Testa- 
ment. When the Israelites were on their march from Egypt 
over to the land of Palestine, every morning before they 
started on their journey they would have seven trumpets 
blow - to prepare to break camp, fold up their tents, etc. 


When the seventh trumpet, which was the last trumpet, 
sounded, this meant — move out! 

The idea in this passage is that when God has the last 
trumpet blow it means He will move out all the Christians 
— and at that point we shall be changed. 

What’s in a word? “Changed” means to be changed in es- 
sence, but not to be completely changed in appearance. This 
strengthens the truth which is spoken of in other places that 
in eternity we are going to recognize people we knew here 
on earth. If you’re not too satisfied with the face or body 
you now have, you will have a glorious new body. However, 
you will be recognizable, just as you will recognize others. 

We won’t have to eat to be sustained, but the Scripture 
says we can eat if we want to — and enjoy it. For those 
who have a weight problem, that sounds rather heavenly in 
itself. Our eternal bodies will not be subject to aging, or 
pain, or decay. 

Just think how excited a woman can get about a new 
wardrobe. How much more excited we should be about ac- 
quiring a new body! 

When the Scripture says, “the dead will be raised imper- 
ishable” and “for this perishable must put on the imperish- 
able,” it refers to the Christians who have died physically. 
They will be resurrected to meet Christ in the air. 

However, when it says, “this mortal must put on immor- 
tality,” it is referring to those who are alive at the coming of 
Christ. That’s the mystery, the Rapture or translation. That 
is the hope that Paul offered for the generation which will be 
alive when Christ returns. 

Who Goes First? 

The Thessalonians were evidently worried about something 
that might be concerning you also. They wondered if those 
who had died and would be resurrected when Christ re- 
turned might be in some separate part of God’s Kingdom. 
No Christian would want to miss seeing their loved ones 
throughout eternity. 


However, the apostle Paul assured them that God’s plan 
was perfect: those who had “fallen asleep in Jesus,” or the 
Christians who had died, will join the Lord first. Then the 
Christians who are alive at that time will be caught up “to- 
gether with them in the clouds” to meet the Lord in the air 
(I Thessalonians 4:13-18). 

What a great reunion that will be! 

The world will not know what has happened, because it 
occurs in an atom of time. 

Debating Another Mystery 

Christians sometimes have a theological debate about 
whether the Rapture occurs at the same time as the second 
coming of Christ or whether it takes place before the second 
coming, even before the Tribulation. 

It is only fair to sincere Christians who differ about this 
time element for us Lo develop the reasons why we believe 
the Bible distinguishes between the Rapture and the second 
coming of Christ and why they do not occur simultaneously. 

First, there is a great distinction between God’s purpose 
for the nation of Israel and His purpose for the church, which 
is His main program today. The church is composed of both 
Gentiles and Jews. We are now living during the church age 
and the responsibility for evangelizing the world rests upon 
the church. We should reemphasize here that we are speak- 
ing of the true meaning of the church, which is the body of 
believers in Jesus Christ. 

In the Old Testament evangelizing was the task of the Jew. 
Of course he seldom fulfilled that obligation, which is one 
of his great failures. But the Scriptures give a vast distinc- 
tion between God's dealing with the church and that time of 
Tribulation which seems to be a resumption of God's dealing 
with Israel. During the Tribulation the spotlight is on the 
Jew — in the Book of Revelation the Jew is responsible for 
evangelizing the world again (Revelation 7:1-4). 

Another reason why we support the idea that the Rapture 
and the second coming are separate events is that the second 


coming is said to be visible to the whole earth (Revelation 
1:7). However, in the Rapture, only the Christians see Him 
— it’s a mystery, a secret. When the living believers are 
taken out, the world is going to be mystified. 

Furthermore, we are told when Christ comes at the second 
coming it is at the height of a global war. Everyone will 
know that this is the great war predicted by the prophets. 
There will be no doubt about it. But when Christ comes for 
the believers, it will not necessarily be at the time of a war. 

More proof — when Christ comes to earth for the second 
time we are told in Matthew 25 that He will divide the be- 
lievers from the unbelievers. Now if the Rapture were to take 
place at the same time as the second coming how could the 
believers and unbelievers be separated on earth? At the 
Rapture all the living believers will be caught up to join 
Him in the clouds. 

Here is the chief reason why we believe the Rapture oc- 
curs before the Tribulation: the prophets have said that Cod 
will set up a Kingdom on earth over which the Messiah will 
rule. There will be mortal people in that kingdom. If the 
Rapture took place at the same time as the second coming, 
there would be no mortals left who would be believers; there- 
fore, there would be no one to go into the Kingdom and re- 
populate the earth. 

We need to understand that during the seven-year Tribula- 
tion there will be people who will become believers at that 
time. In spite of persecution as described in the previous 
chapter, they will survive this terrible period of history and 
will be taken by Christ to reign with Him for 1000 years. 
This is the Kingdom which is God’s prelude to eternity. 

The Church Disappeared 

The largest descriptive volume of the Tribulation is found 
in Revelation 6 through 19. Here is a fascinating revelation 
about Revelation. In the first five chapters of this book, the 
church is mentioned thirty times. In fact, in chapters 2 and 
3, at the end of each letter to the churches, John says “let 


him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” This is 
repeated seven times. Then we have the beginning of the 
description of the Tribulation, and there is not one mention 
of the churches. The church is conspicuous by its absence. 
Why? Because the church will be in heaven at that time. 

If you are a believer, chapters 4 and 5 of Revelation de- 
scribe what you will be experiencing in iieaven. Talk about 
mind expansion drugs! We are told we shall expand in un- 
derstanding and comprehension beyond that of any earth- 
bound genius. 

Be Alert 

When will the Rapture occur? We don’t know. No one 
knows. But God knows. However, we believe that according 
to all the signs, we are in the general time of His coming. 
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should 
overtake you like a thief” (I Thessalonians 5:4 NASB). 

In other words, you shouldn’t be surprised when Christ 
returns to take you with Him. Unfortunately, this does not 
refer to all believers. We may have to go over to some of 
them and say, “I told you so, friend.” It will be a surprise 
because they don’t study the prophetic word. What an ex- 
citing time they may have missed on earth! The study and 
understanding of prophecy is an experience we pray all Chris- 
tians will have. 

“We are not of the night, nor of darkness ...” (I Thessa- 
lonians 5:5 NASB). Darkness refers to the persons who do 
not have Christ, who cannot understand these things at all. 

If you have not accepted Christ in your life this chapter 
will probably sound like the biggest farce you’ve ever read. 

“. . . so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be 
alert and sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6 NASB). The idea of 
sleep is that a person just doesn’t know what is going on. 
He may rationalize along his merry way, not paying any at- 
tention to the indications that the world can’t go on much 
longer in the way it is going. He will say, “Something will 
happen — science will pull something out of the hat.” So 
he puts his faith in science. 


If you know what the prophets have said, and if the spirit 
of God has spoken to you, then you should be alert. 

There’s nothing that remains to be fulfilled before Christ 
could catch you up to be with Him. 

What’s Important? 

Have you ever found an electric train, or a bedraggled 
doll that belonged to you as a child and remembered how 
terribly important it was to you years ago? When we meet 
Christ face to face we’re going to look back on this life and 
see that the things we thought were important here were like 
the discarded toys of our childhood. 

What a way to live! With optimism, with anticipation, 
with excitement. We should be living like persons who don’t 
expect to be around much longer. 


There is no defense in science against the weapons which can 

now destroy civilization. 


/n the next war r none of us can count on having enough living 

to bury our dead. 

Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end 

to mankind. 


A war would be an irreversible and fatal occurrence. It would 
not be the end of difficult/es but the end of civilization. 


* , , you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars — then 
there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred 
since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever 
shall. And unless those days had been cut short, 
no life would have been saved. 



From the beginning of man's history he has sought peace, 
but war has been his chief legacy. Among certain people to- 
day the peace sign has become an outward expression of 
their revulsion against war. This desire is like the people of 
Jeremiah's day who said, s \ . , peace, peace, when there is no 
peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). 


The great men of our day warn us about the insanity of 
another major war. Many experts, however, feel that it is 
inescapable. Whether we agree with the conclusions or the- 
ories of some of these experts or not, it is important to know 
what they are saying. 

Several years ago a number of Nobel prize-winning scien- 
tists from various countries prepared a document and sent 
it to the leaders of all the world powers. They warned: “Here, 
then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and 
dreadful and inescapable: shall we put an end to the human 
race or shall mankind renounce war? We appeal, as human 
beings to human beings; remember your humanity, and for- 
get the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new 
paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of 
universal death,” 1 

Many of the scientists who were most responsible for the 
development of the H-bomb signed the document quoted 

War has greatly increased in frequency and intensity in 
this century. It has kept pace with the acceleration of tech- 
nological advances. Some people have undoubtedly become 
callous to the continuous fighting on our globe, but it is 
shocking to review the statistics since World War II: 

“Since World War II there have been 12 limited wars in 
the world, 39 political assassinations, 48 personal revolts, 
74 rebellions for independence, 1 62 social revolutions, either 
political, economic, racial or religious.” 2 

Since these statistics were written there have been more 
major assassinations and several more revolts, 

In spite of all the oratory and books that have been aimed 
at steering man away from another world conflict, all-out 
war continues to be an ever-impending possibility. Any one 
of the limited wars such as Viet Nam or the Middle East 
crisis could at any time strike the spark that ignites World 
War III. 

Why is it that in spite of the terrible lessons learned from 
history about war and the terrifying predictions of a future 
war, man keeps playing on the precipice of complete destruc- 

WORLD war ill / 147 

tion? Jesus predicted that man would not learn from the 
past nor heed the warnings of the future; man would ulti- 
mately plunge the whole world into a war so vast, so utterly 
destructive, that only the personal return of Jesus Christ 
Himself to stop it would prevent the total annihilation of all 

Here is the further solemn prediction of Jesus Christ as He 
described the world situation that would be present at the 
moment of His return: 

“And unless those days had been cut short [abruptly 
ended], no life would have been saved . . (Matthew 24: 
22 NASB). 

Why Can’t Man Live Without War? 

We believe the answer to that question is important to 
consider before presenting the predicted path that man will 
take to the last great war which the Bible calls Armageddon. 

Man cannot stop war because he will not accept the basic 
reason and cause for war — nor will he accept the cure for 
this basic cause. God says: “From whence come wars and 
lightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts 
that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, 
and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet 
ye have not . . .” (James 4:1, 2 KJV). 

Inside of man there is a selfish, self-centered nature. This 
is the source of what God calls sin. Sin is basically self- 
centered seeking and striving — going our own way, with 
our backs turned on God. It is because of this selfish na- 
ture with which we were born that we cannot have consistent 
peace with ourselves, our family, our neighbor, or, on a 
broader scale, with other nations. 

As one man has said, “What’s wrong with the world?” And 
answered himself truthfully, “I’m wrong with the world.” 

God didn’t intend for man to have this condition. Man 
was created originally to have fellowship with God. This fel- 
lowship is so vital that without it man is like a jet aircraft 
flying in a dense fog and suddenly losing all its instruments. 

God warned man of the consequences when He gave man 


one simple prohibition, Man understood that to disobey God 
on this one command was to reject fellowship with God, In 
spite of all the evidences of God’s love and veracity, man 
went his own independent way and lost fellowship with the 
only One who can give him the true fulfillment for which he 
was created, 

Man has been turned in upon himself; he has become self- 
centered and discontented. No matter how much he gets of 
fame or wealth or power, he is not satisfied. Why? Because 
he cannot fill the vacuum once filled by God with any other 
thing. So he fights with himself, with his mate, with his 
family, and with other nations. 


The only cure for war is to change the hearts of men. Je- 
sus came into the world to bring men back to fellowship 
with God and consequently make that change in their hearts. 
The Bible promises, “For Christ also died for sins once for 
alif the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us 
to God , . ” (I Peter 3:18 NASB), 

Jesus took the just rap due our sins and died under its 
penalty so that God might forgive us and receive us back 
into fellowship. When this occurs God gives us a new heart 
that desires to follow Him and a love for our neighbor. He 
gives us a new dimension of life with which we can perceive 
and know Him, He puts His Spirit within us to live so that 
He motivates and empowers us to follow God’s purpose for 
our lives. 

We begin to experience peace of mind, a new stability, a 
new sense of purpose, an awareness of Christ’s presence, and 
a healing of our personality that makes us a whole person. 
We find ourselves concerned about the interests of others, A 
new kind of love impels us to place others before ourselves. 
This cannot be done by any system of government, education, 
psychology, or outer environmental changes. It can be done 
only by a personal invitation of Christ into the heart and an 
acceptance of the gift of forgiveness which He gave His life 
to provide. 

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Right where you are, as you read tills chapter, you can 
make this decision in the quiet of your heart. 

General Douglas MacArthur was eternally right when he 
said on the deck of the battleship Missouri at the close of 
World War II: “We have had our last chance. If we will 
not devise some greater and more equitable system, ARMA- 
GEDDON will be at the door. The problem basically is 
theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and im- 
provement of human character that will synchronize with 
our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and 
all material and cultural developments of the past 2000 
years. It must be the spirit if we are to save the flesh.” 3 

The sad prediction of the Bible is that mankind will not 
accept God’s diagnosis or His cure. Therefore, they will seek 
to solve the problem themselves. Fear of war will grow un- 
til it prepares man to accept the Antichrist’s solution for 
preventing war. Paul predicts the false hope the world will 
have in the Antichrist: “While they are saying, ‘Peace and 
safety!' then destruction will come upon them suddenly like 
birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not 
escape” (I Thcssalonians 5:3 NASB). 

Where Are We Going? 

In the previous chapters we have shown the predicted pow- 
ers that would arise shortly before the return of Jesus Christ 
and how these powers are simultaneously developing in cur- 
rent history. We have outlined how world conditions in this 
generation are launched into a countdown that will end in 
the final collapse of man’s efforts to run the world without 

In this chapter we will trace consecutively the predicted 
events that lead to the Armageddon campaign: the various 
sequence of battles, the particular powers who fight each oth- 
er, and how in turn each is destroyed. The crucial prediction 
of the revived state of Israel’s part in triggering Armageddon 
will also be shown. 


The Fuse Was Primed 

When the Jews re-established their nation in Palestine they 
created an unsol vable problem; they displaced Arabs who 
had dwelt in Palestine for several centuries. All the legal 
debates and logical dissertations that can be advanced will 
never change the basic state of hostility that exists between 
the Israelis and the Arabs. 

The Jews will never be convinced that they should leave 
the land that God gave to their forefathers. They believe 
that they were robbed of their inalienable right to the land 
by the Romans, Centuries of persecution have taught them 
that there is no country in the world where they can be as- 
sured of continuing acceptance, much less safety. Remain- 
ing as a nation in Palestine is a matter of survival of the race 
for the Israeli. He feels that it is his only hope in a hostile 

The Arabs are equally implacable in their unwillingness to 
accept the Israeli occupation of what they consider to be their 
land. It has become a matter of racial honor and sacred re- 
ligious duty to drive out the Israelis. 

Israel's Treaty With Hell 

According to the Bible, the Middle East crisis will continue 
to escalate until it threatens the peace of the whole world. 
The focus of all nations will be upon this unsolvable and 
complex problem which keeps bringing the world to the preci- 
pice of a thermonuclear holocaust. This is apparently the 
first major problem that the incredible Roman leader will 
solve after taking over the ten-nation confederacy of Euro- 
pean nations. 

Some 2500 years ago the prophet Daniel said that a 
prince would come to power from the people who would 
destroy the city of Jerusalem and the second Temple (Dan- 
iel 9:27). The Romans under Titus did the destroying, so 
the coming prince would have to be someone out of the Ro- 
man culture. This Roman prince, as we described in “The Fu- 
ture Fuehrer,” will come to power just before the return of 

world war m j 151 

Christ. He will make “a strong covenant” with the Israelis, 
guaranteeing their safety and protection. The word trans- 
lated “strong covenant” has the idea of a treaty or mutual 
protection pact. The Israelis will then be permitted to reinsti- 
tute the sacrifice and offering aspect of the law of Moses. This 
demands that the Temple be rebuilt, because according to 
the law of Moses, sacrifices can be offered only in the Temple 
at Jerusalem. Apparently all this will be done under the pro- 
tection of the Antichrist of Rome. 

(P.S. The Arabs are not going to like this idea of rebuild- 
ing the Temple one bit.) 

According to Daniel’s prophetic chronology, the minute 
the Israeli leader and the Roman leader sign this pact, God 
starts His great timepiece which has seven allotted years left 
on it. This event marks the beginning of the period of Bibli- 
cal history previously noted as the Tribulation. 

Isaiah prophetically expressed warning to the Jews con- 
cerning this covenant when he declared: “Because you have 
said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with Shcol 
we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge pass- 
es through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our 
refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter’; Then your 
covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement 
with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge 
passes through you will be beaten down by it” (Isaiah 28: 
15, 18). 

It is through an ingenuous settlement of the Middle East 
problem that the Antichrist will make good his promise to 
bring peace to a world terrified of war. After this he will 
rapidly bring all nations under his control. The world will 
experience great hope and put its full trust in the genius of 
Rome. He will begin to bring in fantastic plans of economic 
prosperity, even to the underdeveloped countries. War will 
seem to be a curious game that men used to play. The 
world will be universally acclaiming the Dictator. 

“Who is like the Dictator, and who is able to make war 
with him?” 

After three and a half years of remarkable progress, the 

Antichrist will become worshiped for his brilliant statesman- 
ship and the wonderful progress in the world. The believers 
in Christ will oppose his rule and be ruthlessly exposed. Pub- 
licly, they will not be able to buy, sell, or hold a job. They 
will be executed en masse as examples to those who would 
hinder the “brotherhood of man,” because they will insist 
that Christ is the only lasting hope for man. 

Riding upon the crest of public worship the Roman Dic- 
tator will go to Jerusalem and in the Temple proclaim him- 
self to be God incarnate (II Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 
24:15). As mentioned, this will be the great warning sign to 
the believers of that day that Armageddon is about to begin. 
The residents of Israel who believe in Jesus will flee to the 
mountains and canyons of Petra for divine protection, as 
promised (Matthew 24:16; Revelation 12:6, 14), 

The Red Horse Unleashed 

“And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat 
on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that 
men should slay one another; and a great sword was given 
to him” (Revelation 6:4 NASB), 

Almost immediately after the Antichrist declares himself 
to be God, God releases the dreaded second of the four 
horsemen of the Apocalypse, This is a figure of the unleash- 
ing of war upon the earth. 

That beautiful balance of power established by the Anti- 
christ is suddenly ruptured, God begins to show man that 
the Antichrist's promises cannot stand. The thing which 
man feared most, an all-out war, now rushes upon him. 

The Beginning of the End 

“At the time of the end the king of the south shall at- 
tack him (Israeli leader)” (Daniel 11:40a), 

We have identified the characters of this passage. The 
Arab- African confederacy headed by Egypt (King of the 
South) launches an invasion of Israel. This fatal mistake 
spells their doom and begins the Armageddon campaign. 

WORLD WAR 111 / 153 

. but the king of the north shall rush upon him (the 
Israeli leader) like a whirlwind, with chariots (mechanized 
army) and horsemen (cavalry), and with many ships” (Dan- 
iel 11:40b), 

Chart one shows the movement of troops. 

Russia and her allies use this occasion to launch an inva- 
sion of the Middle East, which Russia has longed to do 
since the Napoleonic wars. Ezekiel 38 describes the devel- 
opment of this great Russian force, and its plan to attack 

Twenty-six centuries ago Ezekiel described the plot of the 
Russian leaders against revived Israel: “Thus says the Lord 
God; On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and 
you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against 
the land of un walled villages; I will fall upon the quiet peo- 
ple who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls 
(i.e. fortifications), and having no bars or gates’; to seize 
spoil and carry off plunder; to assail the waste places which 
are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from 
the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell at 
the center of the earth” (Ezekiel 38:10-12). 

The Russians will make a great tactical blunder by invad- 
ing Israel. They will construe the defenseless posture of Is- 
rael, who will be trusting in the Antichrist’s protection, as 
an opportunity to finally conquer the great land bridge of the 
Middle East. They will be motivated by the great materia! 
wealth of the restored nation of Israel. Their purpose is 
thus revealed by Ezekiel . . to seize spoil and carry off 
plunder. . . 

The wealth of Israel is also predicted: “. . . the people who 
were gathered from the nations, who have gotten cattle and 

True Bible scholars have recognized that some day there 
would be a vast concentration of wealth in Israel. Harry 
Rimmer wrote in 1940, when the land was scrub brush in 
comparison to what it is today: “. . . The development of 
the resources of that land has only commenced. Ten years 
of uninterrupted industry there will make Palestine the rich- 



Russian ccnfereracy 


est concentration of treasure this world has so far witnessed. 
Even five years of unbroken application to the cultivation of 
her natural resources would make Palestine the envy of the 
world, and a land very well worth robbing, indeed .” 4 

The prophetic indication is that Israel will become one of 
the most prosperous nations on earth during the reign of the 
Antichrist. It is aiso said to be, “. . . at the center of the 
earth.” Geographically, this is approximately true, but more 
seems to be meant here than physical location. Israel will 
become a cultural, religious, and economic world center, 
especially at Jerusalem. The value of the mineral deposits 
in the Dead Sea alone has been estimated at one trillion, 
two hundred and seventy billion dollars. This is more than 
the combined wealth of France, England, and the United 

I was talking to a prominent Los Angeles engineer after 
a message on this subject and we discussed the need for a 
cheap source of energy by which these Dead Sea minerals 
could be refined. He said that he is certain that there is 
enough steam trapped under the numerous faults in the 
earth around Israel to provide power to run turbines to pro- 
duce electricity very economically. He called this new pro- 
cess geo-thermal energy. In the near future Israel will dis- 
cover a way to produce cheap energy to develop this gold 
mine of riches. 

One of the chief minerals in the Dead Sea is potash, which 
is a potent fertilizer. When the population explosion begins 
to bring famine, potash will become extremely valuable for 
food production. 

Tt is strategic wealth of this sort that will cause the Russian 
bloc to look for an opportunity to invade and conquer Is- 
rael, according to Ezekiel. 

The strategic military importance of “the land bridge of 
the Middle East” which begins in the north with the Bos- 
phorus (the narrow channel which divides Turkey connect- 
ing the Black Sea with the Mediterranean), and extends 
southward to Egypt, has been established by centuries of 
military conflicts. The one who would control Europe, Asia, 


and Africa must control this area, which literally connects 
the three continents. This must figure into the Russian moti- 
vation for future conquest. Since Israel lies in the center of 
this land bridge, it has been made a battleground innumer- 
able times. 

This writer is indebted to Col, R. B, Thieme, Jr., a man 
who is uniquely qualified to explain this passage, since he is 
both a scholar in military history and in the original lan- 
guages of the Bible, for pointing out the military aspects of 
this war. 

The Classic Double-cross 

When the Russians invade the Middle East with amphib- 
ious and mechanized land forces, they will make a “blitz- 
krieg” type of offensive through the area. As Daniel saw it 
centuries ago: £i . * . and he [Russians] shall come into 
countries [of the Middle-East] and shall overflow and pass 
through. He will come into the glorious land [Israel], And 
tens of thousands shall fall" (Daniel 11:40b, 41a), 

Ezekiel describes the same invasion as follows: “There- 
fore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog [the Russian 
leader]. Thus says the Lord God: On that day when my 
people Israel are dwelling securely, you will bestir yourself 
and come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the 
north [Darnel's king of the North], you and many peoples 
with you [i.e., the European iron curtain countries], all of 
them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army; you will 
come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the 
land. In the latter days, T will bring you against my land . , 
(Ezekiel 38:14-16). 

As previously quoted the Russians will make both an am- 
phibious and land invasion of Israel, The current build-up of 
Russian ships in the Mediterranean serves as another sig- 
nificant sign of the possible nearness of Armageddon, They 
now have more ships in the Mediterranean than the United 
States, according to several recent news releases. The am- 
phibious landings will facilitate a rapid encirclement of the 
middle section of “the land bridge.” 

world war in / 157 

The might of the Red Army is predicted. It wilt sweep 
over the Arab countries as well as Israel in a rapid assault 
over to Egypt to secure the entire land bridge. It is at this 
point that Russia double-crosses the United Arab Republic 
leader, Egypt. After sweeping over tens of thousands of peo- 
ple Daniel says of the Red army: “He shall stretch out his 
hand against the countries [i.e. Arab countries of the Middle 
East], and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He [Russian 
leader] shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of 
silver, and all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans 
(African Arabs] and the Ethiopians [African blacks] shall 
follow in his train” (Daniel 11:42, 43). 

As we saw in Chapters 5 and 6, this prediction indicates 
that the Russian bloc will double-cross the Arabs, Egyptians, 
and Africans, and for a short while conquer the Middle East. 
At this time, with the main Russian force in Egypt, the com- 
mander will hear alarming news: “Bui rumors from the east 
[the Orient mobilizing] and from the north [the Western 
Europeans mobilizing] shall alarm and hasten him. And he 
shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep 
away many” (Daniel 11:44 Amplified). 

As shown in Chart two, the Russian force will retrace its 
steps from Egypt to consolidate for a counter-attack in Is- 
rael. The Russians will be alarmed at the news of the Ro- 
man Dictator mobilizing forces around the world to put 
down this breach of peace. Apparently it will surprise the 
Russian leader who underestimated the revived Roman Em- 
pire’s will to fight. 

It is conjecture on this writer’s part, but it appears that 
the Oriental powers, headed by Red China, will be permit- 
ted to mobilize its vast army by (he Roman Dictator, think- 
ing that they would be loyal to him against Russia. How- 
ever, the Orientals will eventually double-cross him, and 
move a 200 million man army against the Antichrist, as 
we have seen in Chapter 7. 

This Russian double-cross of the Arabs is predictable by 
any astute observer of the Middle East situation today. Jt is 
obvious that the Russians are playing games with the Arabs in 



Phase V 

Russian army^ 

(African Arabs (LIBYA) £ 


Daniel 11:43-45 

Phase IV 

Russian commander hears 
tidings out of the "East” 

(Orient mobilizing) and out of 
the “North" (Roman confederacy 
mobilizing) and regroups his 

Russian army returns to 
Israel from Egypt and is 
destroyed there. 

Phase III 

Russian Confederacy 
initiates conquest of 
Africa, attacking to 
the West and South. 

African Blacks 


order to accomplish the old Russian dream of year-round 
seaports and oil supplies. The Arab leaders think that they 
can accept Russian loans and supplies without strings, but 
there are steel cables of conditions behind every Russian 
ruble given in aid and they are used eventually to pull a 
country behind the iron curtain. 

The Russian force will establish command headquarters 
on Mount Moriah or the Temple area in Jerusalem. Daniel 
pointed this out when he said: “And he shall pitch his pala- 
tial tents between the seas [Dead Sea and Mediterranean Sea] 
and the glorious holy mount Zion; yet he shall come to his 
end with none to help him” {Daniel 11:45 Amplified). 

As the Russian commander confidently prepares to meet 
the forces of the revived Roman Empire in Palestine, he 
seeks to utterly destroy the Jewish people. This is the appar- 
ent meaning of verses 44 and 45. Perhaps no other great 
army of history has ever been so totally destroyed as this 
one will be. 

The Russian Waterloo 

Ezekiel sounded the fatal collapse of the Red Army cen- 
turies ago when inspired by the Spirit of the living God he 
said: “But on that day, when Gog shall come against the land 
of Israel, says the Lord God, my wrath will be roused. For 
in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that 
day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; the 
fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and the beasts of 
the field, and all creeping things that creep on the ground, 
and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall 
quake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown 
down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to 
the ground. I will summon every kind of terror against Gog, 
says the Lord God; every man’s sword will be against his 
brother. With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into 
judgment with him; and I will rain upon him and his hordes 
and the many peoples that are with him, torrential rains and 
hailstones, fire and brimstone” (Ezekiel 38:18-22). 

. . then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and 


will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You 
shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your 
hordes and the people that are with you; I will give you to 
birds of prey of every sort and to the wild beasts to be de- 
voured. You shall fall in the open field; for I have spoken, 
says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 39:3-5). 

The description of torrents of fire and brimstone raining 
down upon the Red Army, coupled with an unprecedented 
shaking of the land of Israel could well be describing the use 
of tactical nuclear weapons against them by the Romans. It 
explicitly says that this force would fall “in the open field,” 
so apparently this position enables the use of nuclear weapons. 

God consigns this whole barbarous army, which will seek 
to annihilate the Jewish race, to an utter and complete deci- 
mation. Ezekiel speaks of the Russians and “. . . all your 
hosts and the peoples who are with you . . being destroyed 
in Israel. 

Nuclear Exchange Begins 

A fearful thing is predicted as occurring at the time of 
the Red Army’s destruction. God says, “I will send fire on 
Magog [Russia] and upon those who dwell securely [false 
hope] in the coastlands [various continents] . . (Ezekiel 
39:6 Amplified). According to this, Russia, as well as many 
countries who thought they were secure under the Anti- 
christ’s protection, will have fire fall upon them. Once again, 
this could be a direct judgment from God, or God could 
allow the various countries to launch a nuclear exchange of 
ballistic missiles upon each other. 

What About the United States? 

The United States may be aligned with the Western forces 
headed by the ten-nation Revived Roman Empire of Europe. 
It is clear that the U.S. cannot be the leader of the West in 
the future. It is quite possible that Ezekiel was referring to 
the U.S. in part when he said : “I will send fire — upon 
those who dwell securely in the coastlands, . . 


The word translated “coastlands” or “isle” in the Hebrew 
is ai. It was used by the ancients in the sense of “continents” 
today. It designated the great Gentile civilizations across the 
seas which were usually settled most densely along the coast- 
lands. The idea here is that the Gentile nations on distant 
continents would all experience the impact of sudden tor- 
rents of fire raining down upon them. This can include pro- 
phetically the populated continents and islands of the Western 
hemisphere as well as the Far East. It pictures cataclysmic 
events which affect the whole inhabited earth. 

The Greatest Battle of All Time 

With the United Arab and African armies neutralized by 
the Russian invasion, and the consequent complete annihila- 
tion of the Russian forces and their homeland, we have only 
two great spheres of power left to fight the final climactic 
battle of Armageddon: the combined forces of the Western 
civilization united under the leadership of the Roman Dic- 
tator and the vast hordes of the Orient probably united un- 
der the Red Chinese war machine. 

The Mobilization 

There may be a short lapse of hostility in the world after 
the destruction of Russia and allies while the armies mobilize. 
The apostle John predicts the mobilization of the oriental 
power as mentioned in Chapter 7, “And the sixth angel 
poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Euphrates; and 
its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for 
the kings from the east” (Revelation 16:12 NASB). 

The Chinese, as previously discussed, will be the most 
logical leader of this great army. They will use the chaos 
caused by this conflict in the Middle East to march against 
the Roman Dictator in a challenge for world control. 

As this incredible Oriental army of 200 million soldiers 
marches to the eastern banks of the Euphrates, the Roman 
Dictator will begin to prepare his armies to meet them for 
the showdown in the Middle East. The apostle John pre- 


diets the supernatural power that the Antichrist and the False 
Prophet will use to gather all remaining nations together to 
confront the Oriental armies: “And I saw coming out of the 
mouth of the dragon [Satan] and out of the mouth of the 
beast [Roman Dictator] and out of the mouth of the false 
prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits 
of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of 
the whole world, to gather them together for war of the great 
day of God, the Almighty. And they gathered them together 
to the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Reve- 
lation 16:13, 14, 16 NASD). 

Several things must be noted from this passage. First, this 
whole sequence of events constitutes the final judgments of 
God against the Christ-re jeering world. They are called in 
the Book of Revelation the seven bowl or vial judgments and 
they occur just before and during the visible return of Jesus 
Christ to the earth. Secondly, the passage shows that the 
Roman Dictator and his sensational religious cohort, the 
False Prophet, will speak a satan ically originated message to 
the non-oriental world - — a message energized with great de- 
monic power. They will persuade the nations of the whole 
world (he, not aligned with China) that they should send 
armies to the land of Palestine to destroy the last great war- 
like force on earth. They will probably promise an age of 
everlasting peace after the troublesome communist forces of 
the Orient are destroyed. Thirdly, the passage indicates that 
“leaders of the whole world” will send armies to the Middle 
East to fight under the Antichrist's command against “the 
kings of the east,” Such countries as Western Europe, the 
United States, Canada, South America, and Australia un- 
doubtedly will be represented. 

Fourthly, these armies will be assembled and deployed 
for battle in the place called “Armageddon” or “Harmaged- 

What and Where Is Armageddon? 

Armageddon is a byword used through the centuries to 
depict the horrors of war. Dr. Seiss sums up its true signifi- 


cance as follows: “Harmageddon (Armageddon) means the 
Mount of Megiddo, which has also given its name to the 
great plain of Jezreel which belts across the middle of the 
Holy Land, from the Mediterranean to the Jordan. The name 
is from a Hebrew root which means to cut off, to slay; 
and a place of slaughter has Megiddo ever been.” 6 

In Biblical history countless bloody battles were fought in 
this area. Napoleon is reported to have stood upon the hill 
of Megiddo and recalled this prophecy as he looked over the 
valley and said, . . all the armies of the world could 
maneuver for battle here.” In the Old Testament book of 
Joel this valley was called the “valley of Jehoshaphat.” 

Today this valley’s entrance has the port of Haifa at its 
Western end. This is one of the most accessible areas in Pal- 
estine for amphibious landing of troops. It also affords a 
great area for troop assembly, equipment, and organization. 
Some troops will doubtlessly be airlifted in as well, and this 
large valley is suited for that, too. 

The Valley of Decision 

Some twenty-seven centuries ago the prophet Joel focused 
upon this same scene and said: “Proclaim this among the 
nations: Prepare war, stir up the mighty men. Let all the 
men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plow- 
shares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let 
the weak say, ‘I am a warrior.’ Hasten and come, all you 
nations round about, gather yourselves there. Bring down 
thy warriors, O Lord. Let the nations bestir themselves, and 
come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to 
Judge all the nations round about. Put in the sickle, for the 
harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The 
vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, mul- 
titudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord 
is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:9-14). 

Joel reveals that it is in this very place that the Messiah 
will destroy the armies of the world and establish his king- 
dom of true peace and everlasting happiness. He also con- 
firms the world-wide assemblage of armies there. 


It is extremely important to note the accuracy of Bible 
prophecy in relation to this last conflict. In this day of H- 
bombs and super weapons, it seems incredible that there 
could ever be another great land/war fought by basically con- 
ventional means, yet the Chinese believe that with a vastly 
superior numerical force, they can absorb devastating losses 
and still win a war. They also believe that all war is still de- 
termined on the ground by land forces. 

Another interesting fact is that a force of 200 million sol- 
diers could not be transported by China and its forseeable 
allies by air or sea. They do not possess the industry to pro- 
duce a transportation system for such an army. This neces- 
sitates the movement of troops across the land as is indicated 
in Revelation 16:12. 

India has revealed recently an important development. It 
is reported that 1 2,000 Chinese soldiers are at work inside 
Pakistan-held Kashmir on the road which would give Chinese 
troops in Tibet a shortcut to the subcontinent. India calls 
the Chinese road -building activities a “threat to peace in Asia." 
It was said that “a flurry of road -building throughout the 
Himalayas is taking on increasing strategic importance.” 8 

When this road is completed, it will make possible the 
rapid movement of millions of Chinese troops into the Mid- 
dle East. It will literally pave the way for John’s prophecy to 
be fulfilled: . . unless those days had been cut short, no 

life would have been saved . . (Matthew 24:22 NASB). 

So here it is — - the last great conflict. After the Antichrist 
assembles the forces of the rest of the whole world together, 
they meet the onrushing charge of the kings of the East in a 
battle line which will extend throughout Israel with the vor- 
tex centered at the Valley of Megiddo. 

According to Zechariah, terrible fighting will center around 
the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2, 3; 14:1, 2). 

Isaiah speaks of a frightful carnage taking place south of 
the Dead Sea in ancient Edom (Isaiah 63:1-4), 

The apostle John predicts that so many people will be 
slaughtered in the conflict that blood will stand to the horses’ 

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bridles for a total distance of 200 miles northward and south- 
ward of Jerusalem ( Revelation 14:20). 

It seems incredible! The human mind cannot conceive of 
such inhumanity of man to man, yet God will allow man’s 
nature to fully display itself in that day. No wonder Jesus 
said: . . for then there will be a great tribulation, such as 

has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, 
nor ever shall” (Matthew 24:21 NASB). 

World-wide Destruction 

The conflict will not be limited to the Middle East. The 
apostle John warns that when these two great forces meet 
in battle the greatest shock wave ever to hit the earth will 
occur. Whether by natural force of an earthquake or by 
some super weapon isn’t clear. John says that all the cities 
of the nations will be destroyed (Revelation 16:19). 

Imagine, cities like London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Los 
Angeles, Chicago — obliterated! John says that the Eastern 
force alone will wipe out a third of the earth’s population 
(Revelation 9:15-18). 

He also predicts that entire islands and mountains would 
be blown off the map. It seems to indicate an all-out attack 
of ballistic missiles upon the great metropolitan areas of the 

Prophecy indicates that U.S. Representative John Rhodes 
was right when he said concerning the danger of Red China 
and nuclear weapons, “. . . anyone who expects restraint 
from Red China ignores history and imperils future genera- 
tions of Amcricans.” T 

Isaiah predicts in Chapter 24 concerning this time: “Be- 
hold, the Lord will lay waste the earth and make it deso- 
late, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.” 

“The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants.” (Perhaps 
this refers in part to water and air pollution.) 

“Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants 
suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth 
are scorched [burned], and few men are left” (verses 1, 5, 
6 ). 


In the same chapter Isaiah s^ys: “The earth is utterly bro- 
ken, the earth is rent asunder, the earth is violently shaken. 
The earth staggers like a drunken man, it sways like a hut 
. . (verses 19, 20). 

All of these verses scent to indicate the unleashing of in- 
credible weapons the world over. 

A Bright Spot in the Gloom 

As Armageddon begins with the invasion of Israel by the 
Arabs and the Russian confederacy, and their consequent 
swift destruction, the greatest period of Jewish conversion to 
their true Messiah will begin. Ezekiel predicts that the de- 
struction of the great Russian invading force will have a su- 
pernatural element to it which will cause great numbers of 
Jews to see the hand of the Lord in it. Through the miracu- 
lous sign of the destruction of this enemy who sought to 
destroy all Jews they come to see the name of their true God 
and Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

Ezekiel quotes God as saying: “I will send fire on Magog 
[Russia] and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands; 
and they shall know that I am the Lord. And my holy 
name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel; 
and I will not let my holy name be profaned any more; and 
the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in 
Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, 
says the Lord God. That is the day of which I have spoken" 
[i.e., in the prophecies] (Ezekiel 39:6-8). 

Zechariah predicts that one-third of the Jews alive during 
this period will be converted to Christ and miraculously pre- 

“In the whole land, says the Lord, two thirds shall be cut 
off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will 
pul this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines 
silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my 
name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my 
people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God’ ” (Zechariah 
13:8, 9). 

WORLD WAR in / 167 

The Greatest Moment 

As the battle of Armageddon reaches its awful climax 
and it appears that all life will be destroyed on earth — in 
this very moment Jesus Christ will return and save man from 

As history races toward this moment, are you afraid or 
looking with hope for deliverance? The answer should re- 
veal to you your spiritual condition. 

One way or another history continues in a certain acceler- 
ation toward the return of Christ. Are you ready? 


The purposes of f/ie United Nations are: to maintain inter- 
national peace and security, and to that end; to take 
effective collective measures for the prevention 
and removal of threats to the peace. 

U. N. CHARTER, 1945 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have 
peace, tn the world you have tribulation, hut take 
courage; i have overcome the wor/d. 



Written upon the cornerstone of the United Nations building 
is a quotation of part of a prophecy. It reads: . . they 

shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into 
pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against na- 
tion, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4). 

This is a noble thought and has been quoted often by 
men who seek peace for this troubled world. There is a 
problem in the phrase, however, and we believe this is why 
the United Nations will never bring a lasting peace to the 
world. This quotation has been taken out of context. The 
meaning of the passage speaks of the time when the Messiah 
would reign over the earth out of Jerusalem and judge be- 
tween the nations in a visible, actual, and historic Kingdom 
of God on earth. The people of the earth will come to the 


Lord in that day and ask Him to teach them His ways. 
Knowledge of God will be universal (Isaiah 2:3). This is the 
era for which Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, 

. . Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is 
in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 

Men today vainly seek after peace while they reject and 
shut out of their lives the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. The 
name of Christ is not mentioned at the close of prayer in the 
United Nations. In fact, Jesus has been excluded from the 
premises. Man has shut out the only hope of peace, accord- 
ing to the Bible. The spirit of “antichrist” reigns in the gov- 
ernments of the world, for Christ is said not to be relevant 
to the problems we face. 

Peace is available to the individual today as he invites Christ 
into his heart and allows Him to reign upon the throne of 
his life. But the Bible teaches that lasting peace will come 
to the world only after Christ returns and sits upon the throne 
of David in Jerusalem and establishes His historic kingdom on 
earth for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-6). 

The rulers of the world are told by many prophecies that 
God would send His king to rule over the earth and estab- 
lish a reign of peace, righteousness, and justice in place of 
their godless, selfish, and violent rule. Jesus will return at a 
time of world-wide catastrophe, when man is on the brink of 
self-destruction. Men, for the most part, will have utterly re- 
jected the true God and His Son, Jesus the Messiah, as pre- 
dicted long ago by the psalmist: “The kings of the earth set 
themselves, and rulers take counsel together, against the 
Lord and his anointed [Christ], saying, ‘Let us burst their 
bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us' ” (Psalm 2:2, 

In spite of all that man will try to do to establish his rule 
and push God out of the world, God will establish His king, 
the Messiah Jesus, as the psalmist goes on to predict: “Yet 
have 1 set my king upon my holy hill of Zion” (Psalm 2: 
6 KJV). 

Many so-called Christian leaders today do not believe that 
Jesus Christ will literally and physically make a personal re- 


turn to the earth. Some teach that Christ returns spiritually 
when people accept Him and say that this is all that is meant 
by the various predictions of His return, Others teach that 
Jesus may return some day, but that it is irrelevant to study 
or to talk about it. The latter are worse than the former, for 
one out of every twenty-five verses in the New Testament is 
related to the second coming of Christ, and the survival of 
mankind as well as the fulfillment of hundreds of uncondi- 
tional promises especially made to the believing remnant of 
the Jewish race are dependent on the second coming of Christ 
to this earth. As a matter of fact, in the Old Testament there 
were more than 300 prophecies regarding Christ’s first com- 
ing (all of which were literally fulfilled), but more than 500 
relating to His second coming. Many of these two different 
themes of prophecy were disclosed in the same sentence. 

We have read that the apostle Peter clearly warned that in 
the days just prior to Christ’s return false teachers would 
arise in the church and say: “Where is the promise of His 
(Jesus’) coming? For ever since the fathers [apostles] fell 
asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of cre- 
ation” (II Peter 3:4 NASB). 

Characteristics of Christ’s Return 

Immediately after Jesus physically departed from the 
Mount of Olives and while His disciples were staring after 
Him with awe and amazement, the following promise was 
given: “And as they were gazing intently into the sky while 
He [Jesus] was departing, behold, two men in white cloth- 
ing stood beside them; and they also said, ‘Men of Galilee, 
why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has 
been taken from you into heaven, will come in just the same 
way you have watched Him go into heaven’ ” (Acts 1 :10, 11 

The word in the original translated “in just the same way” 
means “in exactly the same manner.” Just as Jesus departed 
physically, visibly and personally from the earth, so He will 
return. Just as Jesus departed with clouds, so He will return. 


His Return Will Be Visible, Personal, and Physical 

The apostle John said: “Behold, He [Jesus] is coming with 
the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who 
pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over 
Him” (Revelation 1:7 NASB), 

Zechariah predicted the same picture 500 years before 
Christ was born; . . and they [believing Israelites] shall 
look upon me [Jesus] whom they have pierced, and they 
shall mourn for him, as one moumeth for his only son . . 
(Zechariah 12:10 KJV). 

To mourn over the one who was pierced necessitates that 
man recognizes Jesus who was crucified and rejected. This 
demands a dramatic personal and physical appearance. 

Jesus promised under oath before the high priest at His 
trial: . . nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the 

Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power [God], and 
coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64 NASB). 

This statement was the official ground of His condemna- 
tion for blasphemy and the death sentence. Jesus dared to 
be the One who would fulfill two of the best-known proph- 
ecies concerning the Messiah’s coming in glory to rule the 
earth. The first is from the Psalms, predicted before 1000 
b.c.: “The Lord [God, the father] said unto my Lord [God, 
the Son], Sit thou at my right hand, until l make thine ene- 
mies thy footstool” (Psalm 110:1). 

The second is from Daniel, predicted about 550 b.c.: 
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of 
man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the An- 
cient of days, and they brought him near before him. And 
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, 
that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: 
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass 
away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” 
(Daniel 7:13, 14 KJV). 

No wonder the Jewish supreme court (the Sanhedrin) 
went into orbit. When Jesus made such a fantastic claim as 


that in one terse sentence, they either had to fall down and 
worship Him or kill Him. They chose the latter. 

His Coming Will Be Sudden and Startling 

Jesus predicted the suddenness of His return as follows: 
“For just as lightning comes from the east, and flashes even 
to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be” 
(Matthew 24:27 NASB). 

And again He said: , . and then the sign of the Son of 

Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the 
earth shall mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming 
on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mat- 
thew 24:30 NASB). 

Perhaps the “sign of the Son of Man” will be a gigantic 
celestial image of Jesus flashed upon the heavens for all to 
see. This would explain how all men suddenly recognize 
who He is and see the scars from His piercing at the cross. 

His Coming Will Be With the Saints 

It is significant to note that many references to Christ’s 
return speak of His return accompanied with “the clouds of 
heaven.” We believe that the clouds refer to the myriads 
of believers who return in white robes with Jesus. Believers 
are referred to as “a cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12:1. 
The clouds then would be all of the church age believers, 
you and I, returning in immortal glorified bodies, having 
been previously caught up to meet Christ in the air in “the 
ultimate trip,” prior to the seven years of Tribulation on 
earth, and the resurrected saints of the Old Testament (Reve- 
lation 19:14). 

The word “saint” means someone who is set apart as God’s 
possession. It is used to designate all who have believed in 
Christ as Savior. This word is used many times to refer to 
those who will accompany Christ at His return. 

As Zechariah referred to the Messiah’s second coming he 
said: . . and the Lord my God, shall come, and all the 

saints with thee” (14:5 KJV). 


The apostle John speaks of the apparel of the saints as 
they return with Christ: “And the armies which are in heav- 
en, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him 
on white horses” (Revelation 19:14 NASH). 

John explains the white linen robes: “And it was given 
to her [the church made up of all believers who have been 
eaught up in the Rapture] to clothe herself in fine linen, 
bright and dean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the 
saints” (Revelation 19:8 NASB). 

His Coming Will Be With Violent Judgment 

When Jesus came the first time it was not to judge the 
world, but to save it. He came as the Lamb of God who 
gave His life to take away the sin of the world. The one 
thing that God has established for man to do is to believe in 
His Son as Savior, When Jesus returns the second time it 
will be as a lion to judge those who rejected the free gift of 
salvation from sin. Man will have completely demonstrated 
his worthiness of judgment. 

According to Zechariah, “all nations will be gathered 
against Jerusalem to battle.” The Jews who live in the area 
will be on the verge of annihilation when God gives them 
supernatural strength to fight. Then the Lord will go forth to 
fight for them and save them. 

Jesus’ feet will first touch the earth where they left the 
earth, on the Mount of Olives. The mountain will split in 
two with a great earthquake the instant that Jesus’ foot touch- 
es it. The giant crevice which results will run east and 
west through the center of the mountain. It will go east to 
the north tip of the Dead Sea and west to the Mediterranean 
Sea (Zechariah 14), 

It was reported to me that an oil company doing seismic 
studies of this area in quest of oil discovered a gigantic fault 
running east and west precisely through the center of the 
Mount of Olives. The fault is so severe that it could split at 
any time. It is awaiting “the foot.” 

Zechariah predicts a strange thing with regard to the en- 


suing split in the earth. The believing Jewish remnant in 
Jerusalem will rush into the crack instead of doing the natu- 
ral thing of running from it. They will know this prophecy 
and realize that this great cavern has opened up for the 
Lord to protect them from the terrible devastation that He 
is about to pour out upon the godless armies all around. It 
will be used as a type of bomb shelter. 

The nature of the forces which the Lord will unleash on 
that day against the armies gathered in the Middle East is de- 
scribed in Zechariah 14:12: “And this shall be the plague 
wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have 
fought against Jerusalem; Their llesh shall consume away 
while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall con- 
sume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume 
away in their mouth” (KJV). 

A frightening picture, isn’t it? Has it occurred to you 
that this is exactly what happens to those who are in a 
thermonuclear blast? It appears that this will be the case at 
the return of Christ. 

His Return Will Be to Set Up God’s Kingdom on Earth 

After Christ destroys all ungodly kingdoms, Zechariah 
says, “The Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that 
day shall there be one Lord, and His name one.” 

Most ministers and religious leaders today reject even the 
possibility that Christ will establish an actual physical king- 
dom of God upon the earth. Many who believe in a per- 
sonal return of Christ reject that He will establish a thou- 
sand year kingdom of God and rule mortals from the throne 
of David out of Jerusalem after His return. 

The Latin word for “1000” is “millennium” and down 
through history the teaching concerning this earthly kingdom 
came Vo be known as the “millennial kingdom.” Those who 
reject that Christ will establish a 1000 year kingdom after 
His return are known theologically as “amillennialists,” mean- 
ing “no millennium.” Those who believe that Christ will 
return and set up a 1000 year kingdom are called “premil- 


lennialists,” meaning Christ returns first, then establishes the 
kingdom on earth. 

There used to be a group called “postmillennialists,” They 
believed that the Christians would root out the evil in the 
world, abolish godless rulers, and convert the world through 
ever increasing evangelism until they brought about the King- 
dom of God on earth through their own efforts. Then after 
1000 years of the institutional church reigning on earth with 
peace, equality, and righteousness, Christ would return and 
time would end. These people rejected much of the Scripture 
as being literal and believed in the inherent goodness of 
man. World War I greatly disheartened this group and World 
War II virtually wiped out this viewpoint. No self-respect- 
ing scholar who looks at the world conditions and the ac- 
celerating decline of Christian influence today is a “postmil- 

We are “premillennialists” in viewpoint. The real issue 
between the amillennial and the premillennial viewpoints is 
whether prophecy should be interpreted literally or allegori- 
cally. As it has been demonstrated many times in this book, 
all prophecy about past events has been fulfilled literally, 
particularly the predictions regarding the first coming of 
Christ. The words of prophecy were demonstrated as being 
literal, that is, having the normal meaning understood by the 
people of the time in which it was written. The words were 
not intended to be explained away by men who cannot be- 
lieve what is clearly predicted. 

The opponents of the premillennial view all agree grudg- 
ingly that if you interpret prophecy literally it does teach that 
Christ will set up a literal kingdom in time which will last in 
history a thousand years and then go into an eternal form 
which will never be destroyed. 

To us the biggest issue is over the question, “Does God 
keep His promises?” For God unconditionally promised 
Abraham’s descendants a literal world-wide kingdom over 
which they would rule through their Messiah who would 
reign upon King David’s throne. The Jews who believe in 
the Messiah will also possess the land which is bordered on 


the east by the Euphrates River, and on the west by the Nile 
(Genesis 15:18-21). 

It is promised that Jerusalem will be the spiritual center of 
the entire world and that all people of the earth will come 
annually to worship Jesus who will rule there (Zechariah 
14:16-21; Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:1-3). The Jewish believ- 
ing remnant will be the spiritual leaders of the world and 
teach all nations the ways of the Lord (Zechariah 8:20-23; 
Isaiah 66:23). 

Paradise Restored 

God’s kingdom will be characterized by peace and equity, 
and by universal spirituality and knowledge of the Lord. 
Even the animals and reptiles will lose their ferocity and no 
longer be carnivorous. All men will have plenty and be se- 
cure. There will be a chicken in every pot and no one will 
steal it! The Great Society which human rulers throughout 
the centuries have promised, but never produced, will at last 
be realized under Christ’s rule. The meek and not the arro- 
gant will inherit the earth (Isaiah 11). 

Prelude to Eternity 

As it was mentioned in Chapters eight and nine, Daniel 
predicted the four great world ruling kingdoms that man 
would set up during the time from the sixth century b.c. un- 
til the coming of the Messiah. We noted these four human 
empires as Babylon, Mcdia-Persia, Greece, and Rome, with 
its revived form in the last days. The fifth world kingdom, 
which according to Daniel will conquer the revived form of 
the Roman Empire, is the Messianic kingdom (Daniel 7:13- 

This kingdom will begin in time with mortal subjects 
(Revelation 20:4-6), last 1000 years, and at the end of that 
time some of the children of the believers who started in the 
kingdom will apparently prove to be unbelievers and start a 
rebellion against Christ and His rule. Christ will bring swift 
judgment upon them before the rebellion reaches the actual 
fighting stage (Revelation 20:7*10). 


Alter this event there will be no more human history 
with mortal men. All unbelievers, it seems, will be judged in 
the crushing of the last rebellion which is led by God’s old 
adversary, Satan. Satan wilt have been bound for a thousand 
years, but is released momentarily so that he could reveal the 
rebellion in the unbelieving hearts of those who rejected 
Christ as Savior (Revelation 20:7, 8). All who remain as 
mortals will be changed into immortality at this point, and 
the Kingdom of God will not cease, but simply change form 
and be reestablished in a new heaven and a new earth 
(Revelation 21), 

The sequence is clear in the last chapters of Revelation. 
First there is the return of Christ at the climax of the greatest 
war of all time. Second, Christ separates the surviving believ- 
ers from the surviving unbelievers; the unbelievers will be 
judged and cast off the earth (Revelation 20:1-6; cf. Mat- 
thew 25 :4 1-46). Third, Christ establishes the millennial king- 
dom and the surviving believers go into it as mortals and 
repopulate the earth (Revelation 20:11-15; cf. Matthew 25: 
31-40). Fourth, at the end of a thousand years the unbe- 
lieving children rebel, Christ judges them, then He completely 
changes the old heaven and earth and creates a new one 
(Revelation 21; Isaiah 65:17; II Peter 3:8-13). This is the 
ultimate destiny of all persons who arc redeemed by Christ. 

How many times have we wondered what heaven will be 
like? According to such passages as Revelation 21 and 22, 
heaven is a real and breath-taking place. We will not wan- 
der about as disembodied spirits, playing harps throughout 
an ethereal expanse. We shall live forever in the presence of 
God, fellow heirs with Christ, as kings and priests forever, 
with no more sorrows or tears. We shall know an ecstatic, 
endless joy surrounded by an earth and heaven of indescrib- 
able beauty. If you can think of the most beautiful place 
you have ever been, then amplify its beauty beyond your 
comprehension and imagine what it would be like without 
death, disease, or any curse upon it, you may have an ink- 
ling of heaven. 

The word translated “new” in Revelation 21:1 means “new 


in kind or order” as distinguished from merely new in point 
of time. Peter describes the process the Lord will use in 
renovating the heaven and earth that now exist: “But the day 
of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will 
pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed 
with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned 
up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, 
what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and 
godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day 
of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed 
by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat. 
But according to His promise we arc looking for new heavens 
and a new earth, in which righteousness [only] dwells” (H 
Peter 3:10-13 NASB). 

The word translated “elements” is stoicheiov, which means 
the most basic element of nature. Today we know the atom 
is the smallest building block of nature. Now Peter says that 
these elements will be “destroyed.” The literal meaning of 
the word “destroyed” is “to loose something." It was fre- 
quently used for untying a rope, or a bandage as in John 11: 
44. In other words, Christ is going “to loose” the atoms of 
the galaxy in which we live. No wonder there will be a great 
roar and intense heat and fire. Then Christ will put the atoms 
back together to form a new heaven and earth, in which only 
glorified persons without their sinful natures will live. There 
will be no more rebellion of man’s will against God; only 
righteousness, peace, security, harmony, and joy. 

That’s where we want to be! 


Go your way f Daniel , for ffie meaning of fhe words of prophecy 
is shut up and sealed unfit the time of the end. Many shall 
travel about and knowledge shall increase. None of 
Hie wicked shall understand these words , but those 
who are wise shall in the last days understand . 

ABOUT 520 B.C. 



No other prophet has ever had more numerous, far-reaching 
prophecies revealed to him than Daniel; and yet a great deal 
of what he received in God-given visions and revelations he 
didn’t understand. Many of his predictions had to do with 
“the end times” or the events immediately preceding the 
coming of the Messiah-Jesus to set up God’s kingdom. 

At the close of Daniel’s written account of his prophecies, 
he reveals his bewilderment about when and how all the 
things he had predicted would occur: “How long shall it be 
to the end of these wonders?” (Daniel 12:6 Amplified). 

A special angelic messenger replied to Daniel and said, 

. . when the shattering of the power of the holy people 
[Israel] comes to an end all these things would be accom- 
plished” (Daniel 12:7). 


Daniel replied, “I heard, but I did not understand.” Then 
he said, “O my lord, what shall be the issue and final end 
of these things?” (Daniel 12:8 Amplified). 

The messenger replied, “Go your way, Daniel; for the 
words [of prophecy] are shut up and sealed till the time of 
the end” (Daniel 12:9 Amplified). 

In other words, God revealed to Daniel that his prophecies 
would not be clearly understood until the end times, i.e., 
the times when the events predicted would begin to take 
shape. The key that would unlock the prophetic book would 
be the current events that would begin to fit into the pre- 
dicted pattern. 

Christians after the early second century spent little time 
really defining prophetic truth until the middle of the nine- 
teenth century. Then there seems to have been a great revival 
of interest in the prophetic themes of the Bible. Today, 
Christians who have diligently studied prophecy, trusting the 
Spirit of God for illumination, have a greater insight into its 
meaning than ever before. The prophetic word definitely 
lias been “unsealed” in our generation as God predicted it 
would be. 

Now I am about to walk into the lion’s den. Perhaps it 
would be wise to follow Churchill’s tactic when he said, “You 
know I always avoid prophesying beforehand, it is much 
better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken 
place.” However, in this chapter I will make a number of 
forecasts about the future which are based on a careful 
study of the prophetic truth and the writings of many schol- 
ars on the subject. I believe that these forecasts are based 
upon sound deductions; however, please don’t get the idea 
that I think that I am infallibly right in the same way that a 
Biblical prophet speaking under the direct inspiration of 
God’s Spirit was. I believe that God today gives us illumina- 
tion to what has been written, but that He doesn’t give us in- 
fallible revelation as He gave the authors of the Bible. Here, 
then, are the things that I believe will happen and develop 
in the near future. 


The Religious Scene 

Tn the institutional church, composed of professing Chris- 
tians who are in many cases not Christian, look for many 
things to happen: 

With increasing frequency the leadership of the denomina- 
tions will be captured by those who completely reject the his- 
toric truths of the Bible and deny doctrines which according 
to Christ Himself are crucial to believe in order to be a Chris- 
tian. In some of the largest Protestant denominations this 
has already taken place. The few remaining institutions 
which are not yet dominated by the disbelievers will go 
downhill in the same manner. 

There will be unprecedented mergers of denominations 
into “religious conglomerates,” This will occur for two rea- 
sons: first, most denominations were formed because of deep 
convictions about certain spiritual truths. As more of these 
truths are discarded as irrelevant because of unbelief in Bib- 
lical authority, there will be no reason to be divided. Unity 
is certainly important to have, but never, according to the 
teachings of Christ, at the expense of the crucial truths of 

Secondly, as ministers depart from the truths of the Bible 
they lose (he authority and power that it has to meet real 
human needs, and as many ministers arc not truly born spir- 
itually themselves and are consequently without the illumina- 
tion of God’s Spirit, they no longer will be able to hold their 
present congregations, much less attract others. So they re- 
sort to “social action gimmicks,” super-organization, and 
elaborate programs as a substitute. 

As Paul predicted concerning these ministers in the last 
days: “holding to a form of godliness [literally religion], 
although they have denied its power. ...” And again he 
says, “. . . they are always learning and never able to come 
to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 3:5, 7 NASB). 

Young people will continue to accelerate their exodus from 
the institutional churches. Several surveys taken by church 
leaders indicate this. Youth today reject impersonal, highly 


structured organizations with their emphasis upon buildings 
and material affluence. In talking with many young people 
from various backgrounds I have found that the institutional 
churches are viewed by them as a reflection of all they de- 
spise in what they consider materialistic, hypocritical, and 
prejudiced elements within our American culture. 

Above all, young people want a simple, personal, and 
relevant answer to life that isn't based upon self-centered 
materialism, but upon real life, selfless love. When they are 
shown that this idealistic view of life cannot be achieved by 
various shades of welfarism, socialism, or drugs, but only 
through a personal relationship with Christ that is not tied 
to joining an institutional church (or religious country club 
as they cal] it), then many respond and receive Jesus Christ. 

Some traditional churches have learned to provide the 
persona] ministry of God’s truth to the youth and you will 
find their youth departments are flourishing. But they are 
the exception, unfortunately. Most churches seem to be on 
the wrong wave length altogether. Some have the truth, 
but can’t communicate it to today’s youth; others simply 
don’t teach the truth, and though they try “underground 
church” approaches, they can’t compete with the radical po- 
litical organizations. 

Many youth arc going to be on the front edge of a move- 
ment toward first century-type Christianity, with an em- 
phasis upon people and their needs rather than buildings 
and unwieldy programs. 

There will be an ever-widening gap between the true be- 
lievers in Christ and those who masquerade as “ministers of 
righteousness.” 1 believe that open persecution will soon 
break out upon the “real Christians,” and it will come from 
the powerful hierarchy of unbelieving leaders within the 
denominations. Christians who believe in the final authority 
of the Bible, salvation through the substitutionary atone- 
ment of Christ alone, the deity of Jesus Christ, etc., will be 
branded as prime hindrances to “the brotherhood” of all 
men and the “universal Fatherhood of God” teaching, which 
is so basic to the “ecumaniacs” who don’t believe in the 


very heart of Jesus’ teachings. Jesus taught that God is the 
Creator of all, but the Father of only those who believe in 
Him (John 8:44; Galatians 3:26). 

Because of the persecution of believers, there will grow a 
true underground church of a believing remnant of people. 

Look for vast and far-reaching movements toward a one- 
world religious organization, spearheaded mostly by the un- 
believing leaders of the institutional churches: also look for 
this movement to become more politically oriented than it is 

Look for movements within Israel to make Jerusalem the 
religious center of the world and to rebuild their ancient 
Temple on its old site. 

The Political Scene 

Keep your eyes on the Middle East. If this is the time that 
we believe it is, this area will become a constant source of 
tension for all the world. The fear of another World War 
will be almost completely centered in the troubles of this 
area. It will become so severe that only Christ or the Anti- 
christ can solve it. Of course the world will choose the Anti- 

Israel will become fantastically wealthy and influential in 
the future. Keep your eyes upon the development of riches 
in the Dead Sea. 

The United States will not hold its present position of 
leadership in the western world; financially, the future leader 
will be Western Europe. Internal political chaos caused by 
student rebellions and Communist subversion will begin to 
erode the economy of our nation. Lack of moral principle 
by citizens and leaders will so weaken law and order that a 
state of anarchy will finally result. The military capability 
of the United States, though it is at present the most power- 
ful in the world, has already been neutralized because no 
one has the courage to use it decisively. When the economy 
collapses so will the military. 

The only chance of slowing up this decline in America is 
a widespread spiritual awakening. 


As the United States loses power, Western Europe will be 
forced to unite and become the standard-bearer of the west- 
ern world. Look for the emergence of a “United States of 
Europe” composed of ten inner member nations. The Com- 
mon Market is laying the groundwork for this political con- 
federacy which will become the mightiest coalition on earth. 
It will stop the Communist take-over of the world and will 
for a short while control both Russia and Red China through 
the persona] genius of the Antichrist who will become ruler 
of the European confederacy. 

Look for the papacy to become even more involved in 
world politics, especially in proposals for bringing world 
peace and world-wide economic prosperity. 

Look for a growing desire around the world for a man who 
can govern the entire world. 

Look for some limited use of modern nuclear weapons 
somewhere in the world that will so terrify people of the hor- 
rors of war that when the Antichrist comes they will im- 
mediately respond to his ingenious proposal for bringing 
world peace and security from war. This limited use could 
occur between Russia and China, or upon the continental 
United States. 

On the Sociological Scene 

Look for the present sociological problems such as crime, 
riots, lack of employment, poverty, illiteracy, mental illness, 
illegitimacy, etc., to increase as the population explosion be- 
gins to multiply geometrically in the late ’70’s. 

Look for the beginning of the widest spread famines in 
the history of the world. 

Look for drug addiction to further permeate the U.S. 
and other free- world countries. Drug addicts will run for 
high political offices and win through support of the young 

Look for drugs and forms of religion to be merged to- 
gether. There will be a great general increase of belief in 
extrasensory phenomena, which will not be related to the 
true God, but to Satan. 


Astrology, witchcraft, and oriental religions will become 
predominant in the western world. 

Where Do We Go From Here? 

We believe that in spite of all these things God is going to 
raise up a believing remnant of true Christians and give one 
last great offer of the free gift of forgiveness and acceptance 
in Jesus Christ before snatching them out of the world as it 
plunges toward judgment. 

After considering the incredible things in this book, what 
should our attitude and purpose be? 

First, if you are not sure that you have personally ac- 
cepted the gift of God’s forgiveness which Jesus Christ pur- 
chased by bearing the judgment of a holy God that was due 
your sins, then you should do so right now wherever you 
are. It may be that you are bothered because you can’t 
understand it all, or you feel that you don’t have enough 
faith. Don’t let either of these things stop you. The only 
thing you need to understand is that God offers you in Jesus 
Christ a full pardon and new spiritual life. If you truly de- 
sire to receive Jesus Christ into your life, then you have 
enough faith to enter God’s family and change your eternal 

Jesus put the whole thing in a very picturesque way when 
He said: “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and 
knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, 1 will 
come in to him, and will dine [have fellowship] with him, 
and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 NASB). 

Right at this moment, in your own way, thank Jesus for 
dying for your sins and invite Him to come into your heart. 
The door of the above illustration is your desire and will. You 
open the door by inviting Jesus Christ into your life. 

Did you do it? If you did, then where is Jesus Christ 
right now? According to His promise (and He can’t lie), He 
is in your heart. 

Jesus further promised, “I will never desert you, nor will 
I ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB). 

He has come into your heart to stay and to bring new pur- 


pose, peace of mind, stability, in spite of circumstances, and 
true fulfillment to your personality as well as eternal life. 

Secondly, if you have received Jesus Christ as Savior, then 
He wants to change your desires about life to God’s desires, 
and empower you to live for God. God doesn’t want us to try 
to clean up our own lives, but rather to be available to His 
Spirit who now lives personally within us. 

As we trust Christ to deal with our temptations and to 
work in us His will, then He produces a real life righteous- 
ness in us which is characterized by an unselfish love for 
God and for others. The more we learn of God's love and un- 
conditional acceptance of us, the more we want to please 
Him and the more we are able to trust Him to work in us. 
We also will desire to learn His Word which renews our 
minds to His viewpoint. 

Ask Christ to teach you God’s Word as you study it and 
He will. 

Third, far from being pessimistic and dropping out of life, 
we should be rejoicing in the knowledge that Christ may 
return any moment for us, This should spur us on to share 
the good news of salvation in Christ with as many as possible. 
The Holy Spirit is working upon men in a dramatic way 
and He will lead you to people who are ready or who will 
be shortly if you trust Him. 

Fourth, we should make it our aim to trust Christ to work 
in us a life of true righteousness. We all grow in this, so 
don’t get discouraged or forget that God accepts us as we 
are. He wants our hearts to be constantly set toward pleas- 
ing Him and have faith to trust Him to help us. John said it 
this way: “See how great a love the Father has bestowed 
upon us, that we should be called children of God; and 
such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, 
because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children 
of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We 
know that, if He should appear, we shall be like Him, be- 
cause we shall see Him just as He is. And every one who has 
this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” 
(I John 3:1-3 NASB). 


Fifth, we should plan our lives as though we will be here 
our full life expectancy, but live as though Christ may come 
today. We shouldn’t drop out of school or worthwhile com- 
munity activities, or stop working, or rush marriage, or any 
such thing unless Christ clearly leads us to do so. However, 
we should make the most of our time that is not taken up 
with the essentials. 

Right after one of the major passages of the apostle Paul 
concerning the Rapture, he gave this promise: “Therefore, 
my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toii 
is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58 NASB). 

As we see the world becoming more chaotic, we can be 
“steadfast” and “immovable," because we know where it’s 
going and where we are going. We know that Christ will 
protect us until His purpose is finished and then He will take 
us to be with Himself. We can “abound in His work” as we 
trust Him to work in us and know that it is not in vain be- 
cause He will give us rewards to enjoy forever for every work 
of faith. 

So let us seek to reach our family, our friends, and our 
acquaintances with the Gospel with all the strength that He 
gives us. The time is short. 

In the early centuries, the Christians had a word for greet- 
ing and departing; it was the word, “maranatha,” which 
means “the Lord is coming soon.” We can think of no better 
way with which to say good-by — 





1. Time, March 21, 1969. 

2. Family Weekly , July 14, 1968. 

3. Los Angeles T ivies, November 19, 1968, 

4. Time, January 15 f 1965. 


1. Douglas MacArthun Reminiscences {McGraw-Hill; New York, 


L U,S. Nev.'s and World Report, Oct, 30, 1967. 

2. William F, Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity 
(Doubleday & Co,; Garden City. New York. 1946), 

3. John Gumming D.D., The Destiny of Nations (Hurst & Black- 
eLte; London, 1864), 

4. James Grant, The End of Things ( Darton & Co.: London, 


5. David L. Cooper, When Gog's Armies Meet the Almighty in the 
Land of Israel (Biblical Research Society: Los Angeles, 1940). 

6* Arthur W. KaCj M.D., The Rebirth of the State of Israel {Mar- 
shall, Morgan and Scott; London, 1958). 

chaptf:r 5 

L Walter Chamberlain, The National Resources and Conversion of 
Israel (London, 1854), 

2. John Gumming, M.D., The Destiny of Nations (Hurst & Black- 
ette: London, 1864). 

3. Chamberlain, op. cit. 

4. Louis Bauman, Russian Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy, 
(The Balkiston Co.: Philadelphia, 1952). 

5. Gumming, op. cit. 

6. Wilhelm Gcsenius, D.D., Hebrew and English Lexicon. 

I* C . F. Keil, D.D. and F. Delitzsch, D.D.. Biblical Com/nentdry 
on the Old Testament (Eerdmans Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, 


NOTES / 189 

8. Gescnius. op. cit. 

9* Gumming, op. cit. 

JO. Gesenius, op. cit 

1 1 . Gesenius, op. cit, 

12. W. S. McBirnie, The Coming Dec fine and Fall of the Soviet 

Union (Center for American Research and Education: Glendale, 

California) . 

13. Robert Young. LL.D., Young's Analytical Concordance (Eerd- 
mans Publishing House: Grand Rapids, Michigan). 

14. Gesenius, op. cil. 


1. Current History, “Nasser’s Egypt/ 1 Gordon H, Torrey, May, 

2. Ibid, 

3. US. News and World Report , July 22, 1968. 

4. Santa Monica Evening Outlook. December 3, 1968, 

5 . Los A n geles 1 7 m es, July 9 , 1969. 


1. J. A. Seiss, The Apocalypse (Zondervan Publishing House: 
Grand Rapids, Mich., 1962). 

2. Gumming, op, cit. 

3. Ibid. 

4. Victor Petrov, China: Emerging World Power , (D, Van Nos- 
trand Co., Inc.: Princeton, N.J., 1967). 

5. W. Cleon Skousen, The Naked Communist, (The Ensign Pub- 
lishing Co,: Salt Lake City, 1961). 

6. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, “Problems of War 
and Strategy” (November 6, 1938). Selected Works, Vol. 11, P. 224. 
Quoted from a research pamphlet of Lhe Center for American Re- 
search and Education, Glendale, Calif, 

7. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “China’s Nuclear Options,” Mi- 
chael Yahuda, February. 1969. 

8. David Inglis, February, 1965, 

9. Petrov, op. cit. 


1. Merrill F. Unger, Introductory Guide to the Old Testament 
(Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1965). 

2, Dr. E, J. Young, The Prophecy of Daniel (Eerdmans Publish- 
ing Co.: Grand Rapids, 1949). 


3. Sir Robert Anderson, Daniel in the Critic’s Den (New York, 

4. Look, November 26* 1968, 

5. New York Times Magazine, May 19, 1968. 

6. Nation s Business, November, 1966. 

7. “Trade and Atlantic Partnership, 11 Dept, of State Publication 
7386, Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the Conference on Trade 
Policy, Washington, D.C., 1962. 

8. Time, July 4, 1969, 


1. William Barclay, The Revelation of John (Westminster Press: 
Philadelphia, 1960)/ 

2. Ibid. 

3. U'S. News and World Report, August 25, 1969 (source: F,B.L), 

4. Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1969. 

5. Columbus Dispatch, August 21, 1969. 

6. U*S m News ami World Report, November 6, 1967. 

7* Natural History, May, 1968. 

8, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 1969* 


1. Henry H. Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook (Zondervan Publish- 
ing House: Grand Rapids, Michigan), 

2. Chimes, October, 1968. 

3. Los Angeles Times, May 18, 1969* 

4. Los Angeles Times , May 25, 1969. 

5. U*S* News and World Report, July 25, 1966. 


1* Bertrand Russell, Has Man a Future:? (Simon & Schuster: New 
York, 1962) * 

2. U.S. News and World Report, December 25, 1967. 

3. Douglas MacArthur, Reminiscences (McGraw-Hill: New York, 

4. Harry Rimmer, The Coming War and the Rise of Russia (Herd- 
mans Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1940). 

5. J. A, Seiss, The Apocalypse (Zondervan Publishing House: 
Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1962), 

6. Los Angeles Times, August 20, 1969. 

7. Human Events, August 26, 1967. 

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